Mourners listen to a memorial service over a loudspeaker outside Newtown High School for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman
Pity, sympathy, empathy, compassion. Each is received at various times by one in distress. They are the responses engendered by our misfortunes from those we encounter. And each feels different when received. Each has a different effect on those who are suffering in the midst of psychic or physical crisis.
My entire life has been committed to learning and understanding the giving and receiving of compassion. My first memory of an event involving this spiritual path goes way back to the sixth grade when our class visited a student art show presented by a school situated in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I grew up.
Karen Armstrong won the 2008 TED Prize for her wish to create a Charter that will restore the Golden Rule to the center of our world. As the home of the Charter, we help people take action to create a just economy and peaceful global community.
A world where everyone is committed to living by the principle of compassion.
We support a global movement that brings the Charter for Compassion to life. As a network of networks, we connect organizers and partners from around the world. We provide educational resources, organizing tools, and avenues of communication for sharing lessons, stories, and inspiration. We serve as the umbrella for the Charter for Compassion, supporting conferences, events, collaborations, conversations, and initiatives to create and connect compassionate communities and institutions across the globe.