Is the link to an ongoing conversation about the Charter for Compassion.
Because some people have told me that the charter is not practical or even that it is a lie (something I do not believe) I have asked a question in that forum. I believe the answer would help me explain to the “naysayers”. Here is my question:
I have affirmed and I am promoting the charter, but I would like to hear your answer to a question that would guide me in responding to those people who say “it’s not practical”.
Here’s the question (it’s related to the Golden Rule.)
“I would not want to be incarcerated, yet I accept the idea that society needs to be protected from, let’s say, a violent offender. I would expect that in prison this person would be treated humanely, but I do not want them out in society if there is risk that they might offend again. This seems compassionate to the potential victims. Is it also compassionate to the offender? It’s taking away his or her freedom — something I would not want to have ‘done unto me'”
(Actually, when I think about this I believe that if something snapped in me that turned me into a violent offender, I actually would want to be taken away from society – so maybe this isn’t a perfect example, but hopefully it expresses the point.)