Charter for compassion

I just watched the TED talk that led to the Charter for Compassion: Karen Armstrong about a year ago.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/karen_armstrong_makes_her_ted_prize_wish_the_charter_for_compassion.html

She makes her wish and the early stages are beginning to happen through the series of talks I mentioned in my last blog post.

While respecting religion, she acknowledges how it has been and is still being abused… the “strident use… for nefarious gains”. And she wants to end that by having leaders from different religions agree to accept a common charter.

She describes that “belief” was not originally intended to mean accepting creed (which is basically how we interpret the word today when applied to religion) but rather in early times it meant something more along the lines of cherishing or holding dear so that one can commit to a compassionate form of behaviour. It’s the compassion that she wants to see returned as the core value.

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