Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Charter for Compassion



THE CHARTER FOR COMPASSION:

"A call to bring the world together…

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.

It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

We therefore call upon all men and women ~ to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies.

We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community."


You can affirm The Charter of Compassion here.


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10 comments:

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

What an incredible message.

JCK said...

Isn't it!!

Jen said...

I really love this, and I plan to do a post about it as well. Thanks!

Kelly said...

Thank you for sharing this!

Suzanne said...

this reminds me of the tenants of the bahai faith, very peaceful.

Andrea Frazer - Pass the Zoloft said...

This must be what the world wants me to know, because my mom just mentioned me writing a book for kids on this. Hmmmm... hey, check your email!

Angeline said...

thank you for sharing this...truly meaningful...

Margaret said...

Watched it. Signed it. Thanks for posting. I think this is Karen Armstrong's project. She's amazing.

mrs. g. said...

Beautiful.

ruth pennebaker said...

This is just wonderful, Jennifer. Thanks for posting it.

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