Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-11-29

  • Considering turning in my Blackberry 8703e for either a Blackberry Tour or something based on Google Android #
  • Giving Path Finder by #Cocoatech a trial. Tabbed and split-pane Finder windows makes more sense to me than Spaces. #
  • Sync your files online and across computers with @Dropbox. 2GB account is free! #
  • Happy Thanksgiving! #
  • Seeing "New Moon" at Regal Alhambra Renaissance 14 #
  • wow, "New Moon" was emo… #

Quote for the Week

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. “
— Arthur Schopenhauer

Charter for Compassion

On February 28, 2008, author Karen Armstrong was awarded the TED Prize. During her acceptance speech, she called on the TED community to help build a Charter for Compassion — to restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine.

On October 5, 2009, I wrote this Meditation on the Golden Rule, in part inspired by Karen Armstrong’s TED speech.

Today, November 15, 2009, went live.

I encourage anyone reading this to visit and affirm the charter for yourself.

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.