Tuesday, October 06, 2009

TEDTalks : Karen Armstrong: Let's revive the Golden Rule - The Charter for Compassion

Weeks from the Charter for Compassion launch on November 12, Karen Armstrong looks at religion's role in the 21st century: Will its dogmas divide us? Or will it unite us for common good? She reviews the catalysts that can drive the world's faiths to rediscover the Golden Rule.

And HASSNERS typically believe in The Golden Rule. HASSNERS reported Karen Armstrong's campaign November 2008.

Why a Charter for Compassion?

The Golden Rule requires that we use empathy -- moral imagination -- to put ourselves in others’ shoes. We should act toward them as we would want them to act toward us. We should refuse, under any circumstance, to carry out actions which would cause them harm.  

The Charter, crafted by people all over the world is a cry for a return to this central principle which is so often overlooked in our world. 

It reminds everyone that the Golden Rule should be practised “all day and every day.” Like the Charter of Human Rights, this Charter for Compassion is a yardstick against which HASSNERS, religious and secular leaders can measure their behaviour; it can empower people to demand a more compassionate teaching from preachers & politicians & businessmen; it can mobilise youth, who have seen what happens when bigotry becomes rife in a society; it can make interfaith & secular understanding a priority; inspire scholars, educators and the media to explore the role compassion has played, and ensure that it compassion is a focal point in the curricula of schools and colleges.  

The Charter seeks to change the conversation so that compassion becomes a key word in public and private discourse, making it clear that any ideology that breeds hatred or contempt ~ be it religious or secular ~ has failed the test of our time.  

We need everybody to participate ~ atheists, HASSNERS, Humanists, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Jews, Muslims ~ everybody! 

Our polarized world needs to see compassion practically implicated ~ politically, socially and economically ~ and show that in our divided world, which so often stresses difference, compassion is something on which we can all agree.

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