Good morning. My own thoughts today will be short because I want you to be aware of a movement that is going on in the world. The Charter for Compassion is being birthed this month.
A friend of mine received this letter. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. The group started in 1984 devoted to ideas worth spreading.
Karen Armstrong is a remarkable woman whose mission in life seems to have become a quest to aid in the joining of all the religious factions in the world based on their commonalities rather than keeping them separated because of their differences. She started her life as a Catholic nun in a teaching order, but she dropped out of the convent while still an undergraduate. She, like so many great people, suffered ill health. Her affliction was undiagnosed epilepsy which had a profound effect on her life.
She has her detractors who criticize her writing saying she mangles history. Since I am not a history expert, I have no idea how knowledgeable or accurate she actually is. I don’t believe that being just a reporter of history is her main purpose of life. I believe it is to bring us together as a cohesive group of human beings in this life time.
The Golden Rule, she says, is found in all cultures. I learned it as, Do to others what you would want them to do to you. She states is as Confusius said it. I like her phrasing better. Do not do to others what you would not have done to you. The first rendition says to me, “Act kindly to others and treat them well in the hopes that they will learn from your example and treat you in the same manner.” The second rendition says, “Cut out the crap and behave so that others won’t have a reason to and want to retaliate.” Either way, it says, “Let’s be friends.” Why does that have to be so difficult?
If you have the time, you may wish to watch the above videos as she discusses ‘compassion’ and the Golden Rule.
God bless. Have a blessed day. Namaste. Attic Annie