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reflecting on compassion

Peace Dove by Jason Tennant

"Without compassion, we cannot build a just and viable world."

The following thoughts on compassion are taken from Charter for Compassion a worldwide membership from many Faiths, cultures and countries.

Compassion is most clearly and simply expressed in the Golden Rule which can be read as both “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” and “Do not treat others as you would not like to be treated yourself.”

A commitment to compassion calls us to live in the world conscious of all with whom we share the Earth and Earth’s bounty and resources.

Compassion insists that, in recognition of our common humanity, we treat every creature with justice, equality, and respect.

The Charter for Compassion calls all religions to mutual respect of one another and insists that all compassionate interpretation of scripture denies hatred and violence.

Compassion calls us to a courageous life in which risks are joyously taken on behalf of a world in which all people must be fed and housed and clothed and freed.

Compassion is not only a matter of the heart, but a mindful commitment to engage one’s whole self in the alleviation of suffering.

The call to compassion is addressed to religious bodies, to governments, to businesses and yes, even to the military. All whose power and decision-making affects others need to honor the sanctity and safety of all.

Compassion calls us out of our narrow self-centered selves, saves us from wasteful self-involvement, and opens us to the well-being offered to those who share themselves, their resources, and their love with all of humanity.

The Charter was unveiled November 12, 2009.

Origin of Charter for Compassion


  1. Thank you for sharing the Charter of Compassion. It is always good to be reminded. The dove is beautiful too!

    Julie Magers Soulen Photography

  2. For we are one humankind, one world....
    And together, Peace and Love is the universal language.
    Absolutely beautiful!

  3. Hi Debi. Thank you for your words on compassion--they are all quite relevant. At the same time, I'd like to add that true compassion is honoring and loving all aspects of yourself, bar none. This means being in acceptance of who you are. This kind of relationship with self is not emphasized often yet, from my experience, it is the only relationship there is because when you can fully accept yourself, you can then fully accept another. That is true freedom and is the prerequisite for world peace I might add. And the good news is, honoring and loving myself is only a choice away. Oh, and when I say all aspects, that includes our dark side as well, for that is the side where all our secrets are held. When we can accept even our dark side, now that's true love. No more secrets, thus, nothing left to be afraid of. Thank you.

  4. Thank you so much for your thoughts, Paul. I agree that accepting ourselves is important, although it doesn't preclude reaching out to others in peace, recognizing the dignity, equality and rights of all members of the human race. That is the foundation of freedom and justice in the world.

  5. Love your message, a friend just shared your blog w/ me & I will also share it w/ others.

    With Love & Peace Always,

    Mother Lightning
    of []


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