Charter For Compassion

Part 5 of 6 in the series My Beliefs

Compassion is no longer an option—it is the key to our survival. If our religious and ethical traditions fail to address these challenges, they will fail the test of our time.

~Karen Armstrong, “Compassion: An Urgent Global Imperative”

The Charter’s Call to Compassionate Action
Recognizing that “the principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religions, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves,” the many world luminaries from a variety of faith traditions who contributed to writing the Charter made a specific call to all men and women:

  • To restore compassion to the center 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

Which of these do you agree with?

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