I don’t often go in for “causes” but please sign to affirm. The Charter for Compassion

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Charter for Compassion

A call to bring the world together…

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.

It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

We therefore call upon all men and women ~ to restore compassion to the centre 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.

We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.

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As we close a decade marked by war, help us usher in a decade focused on compassion.

The names of all affirmers on December 31 will be sent along with the Charter for Compassion to 5 world leaders whose countries are engaged in conflict.

Add your name today. Share the Charter with your networks. Each additional name makes the compassionate voice a more potent force in the world. Let us make the silent majority a challenge to extremism and hatred.

29750 have affirmed so far.

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal
Jody Williams
Winner, Nobel Peace Prize
Mohsen Kadivar
Islamic scholar
Melissa Ethridge
Dr. Helene Gayle
President and CEO, CARE
Eve Ensler
Dr. M. Din Syamsuddin
President, Muhammadiyah
Sir Richard Branson
Founder, Virgin Group
Djimon Houmsou
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Dr. Abdul Sattar Edhi
Founder, Edhi Foundation
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu
Pierre Omidyar
Founder, Ebay

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Acts of Compassion

A few years ago, a group of us came up with the idea of having a driveway shovelling competition in the middle of a heavy Ontario winter. We each picked a random neighbour’s driveway in a quiet suburb and started shovelling. I would have loved to have seen the neighbours’s faces the next day.

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* 2009-12-14 20:51
* ron macdonald


After being struck by a car in a hit and run while walking across the street over a year ago, a bystander ran after the car to identify the license plate. Another contacted my husband while I was unconsious to let him know what happened and where to find me. I’m grateful for their aid & compassion.

* 11 find this inspirational
* 2009-11-12 15:24
* Christina Smith

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Our partners are committed to the ideals of the Charter and work around the world in the name of compassion.

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ONE is a campaign and advocacy organisation with more than 2 million members committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.
United Religions Initiative

Through local grassroots interfaith communities around the globe, URI transforms religious tension into positive social change.
Magical Moments Around the World

Magical Moment Around the World is a global educational project dedicated to inspiring global coexistence, compassion, mutual care and understanding by fostering awareness that we are all connected by one human spirit.

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