There could be no genocides, or wars over religion, or punishing of other people's choices and characteristics, if we put ourselves in the other's place. In her talk on TED.com from the June conference at Oxford, Karen Armstrong affirms the Golden Rule. She quotes Hillel - What is hateful to you, do not do to others. Such a simple statement, so hard to live up to.
Karen Armstrong's books and teachings in theology emphasize what religions have in common. TED granted her wish last year for a Charter for Compassion created by the online input of thousands of people worldwide, religionists or not. The Charter has its own website and will be published officially in a few weeks.
May it increase the sense of community Earth's people need so much.
Compassion leads to action.