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Charter for Compassion

I am continuing to grow and constantly see the beauty in all things. I am a flawed human and I do make mistakes, but each day I try harder to overcome them. The past few years and even more so the last year I have noticed such an increase in hatred, anger and violence. I have been asking myself the past six months ‘where is the compassion?’ ‘why aren’t people compassionate anymore?’ ‘where is the love?’

I have been trying really hard on Facebook and Twitter not to say or share anything that is considered mean or hateful. I know have failed in some instances, especially when it has come to politics and certain people in the political sphere, but each day I make a conscious decision not to go that route and slowly I am getting there.

Do you believe in synchronicity. I definitely do and today was a great example. Today I watched Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday with Karen Armstrong (if you haven’t ready any of her books, definitely go to the library and start reading, she is a wealth of information when it comes to religion) and it was about compassion. The whole hour was about what I have been asking for the past six or so month.

So today I made a commitment to be more passionate and compassionate. I vow to do better at treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect. I also realize that I have harbored hatred by disparaging others, especially those in the political arena, and I really feel that this is a denial of their common humanity. From now on, especially in my Facebook feed, if I feel anyone is going against this charter I will no longer keep their feed in my stream. I also will work harder to portray compassion to all. I hope you will join me!



The best idea humanity has ever had…

The Charter for Compassion is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national differences. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world.

The Charter for Compassion is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of religious, moral and political life. Compassion is the principled determination to put ourselves in the shoes of the other, and lies at the heart of all religious and ethical systems.

The text of the Charter for Compassion:

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 indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.


If you represent an institution, organization, or community interested in signing the Charter, please visit the Charter for Compassion web site. For Individuals sign below.


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