Charter for Compassion – A Courageous Way To Live


The Charter for Compassion is the result of Karen Armstrong’s 2008 TED Prize wish, made possible by the generous support of the Fetzer Institute. It will be unveiled to the world on November 12, 2009.

You may wonder what Charter for Compassion is all about.  Their Golden Rule is to put themselves in the shoes of others.  How do you want others to act toward you?  Do the same for them. Harmlessness.  This is a group of multi-faith, multi-national council of thinkers and leaders.  Charter for Compassion seeks to change the conversation around compassion, so it becomes a key word in public and private discourse, bringing clarity that any ideology  breeding hatred or contempt, be it religious or secular, has failed the test of our time.  To show that in our divided world, compassion finds a common voice. May we all Live in Courage and Compassion.

The wonderful video below is of Karen Armstrong as she accepts her 2008 TED Prize and asks the TED community to help her build a Charter for Compassion — to help restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine.