Karen Armstong’s Charter for Compassion Rocks!


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.

Dear TEDsters,

On November 12, 2009, we are unveiling the Charter for Compassion, a document about the core shared value of every world religion and moral code, the Golden Rule — the result of 2008 TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong’s wish.
Today, to enable you to participate in the event, we are sharing six short talks on compassion from six different perspectives — from a Rabbi, an Imam, a Reverend, a Tenzin, a Swami and a secular voice of compassion. Together, these six speakers bear witness to the fact that compassion and the Golden Rule lie at the heart of all religion and all morality. We hope that in the week following the launch, thousands of sermons on the nature of compassion will be preached all over the world … thousands of discussions will be held around dinner tables … thousands of ideas will be shared.
Over 75 events are currently planned across the globe to help launch the Charter for Compassion. Help us launch the Charter by attending one of these events or hosting your own; email, blog, write, broadcast, or offer media space for Charter banners, widgets, and videos.
To get involved, email: armstrong@ted.com
TED is about ideas worth spreading — please help us spread compassion, “the best idea humanity has ever had.”
Our best,
Amy Novogratz
TED Prize Director
Chris Anderson
TED Curator
Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong

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

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2 responses to “Karen Armstong’s Charter for Compassion Rocks!

  1. atticannie

    I do not know if Armstrong considers the Muslims as saints. Perhaps she paints the Islamic world in too pale of colors. Her main goal is to unite ALL religions by seeking our commonalities and to treat ALL others with compassion. She’s swimming upstream without a life preserver on this one. There are too many in the world who wish to think their way is the only way. They want to push her back down again. I admire her motives.

  2. freedomactionnow

    “The Golden Rule, she says, is found in all cultures.”

    C. S. Lewis said it a lot better in “The Abolition of Man”. Here it is, online:

    Illustrations of the Tao

    He shows how the Golden Rule shows up in almost all cultures.

    Here’s how he quotes Confucius:

    ‘Never do to others what you would not like them to do to you.’ (Ancient Chinese. Analects of Confucius, trans. A. Waley, xv. 23; cf. xii. 2) ”

    (Arthur Waley was an expert on China. His translations of old Chinese literature are still among the best.)

    I’m afraid I can’t give much praise to Armstrong – she’s basically an apologist for Islam:

    Karen Armstrong: Islam’s Hagiographer

    But that’s another thread.