Charter for Compassion


We are pleased to announce a new Humanity Project collaboration. It is with a respected worldwide organization called the Charter for Compassion International. We were honored that they extended an invitation to the Humanity Project to join their coalition, which includes more than 150 cities and 300 other partners working to take compassionate action that improves lives.

Among the many notables who have signed the Charter for Compassion are Muhammad Ali, Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Deepak Chopra and Queen Noor of Jordan. The Humanity Project is in good company indeed. You can take a look at their website for yourself, and sign the charter while you’re there: Visit the Charter For Compassion website.

As the good folks at Charter For Compassion explain, the charter is a document now signed by nearly 100,000 people worldwide, transcending religion, ideology, politics and other differences among us. Instead this project aims to bring compassionate thinking and especially compassionate action into the real everyday world.

To quote from the Charter, “Compassion is the principled determination to put ourselves in the shoes of the other, and lies at the heart of all religious and ethical systems.” We agree. Despite the relatively small things that divide us as human beings, we have far more in common than we have differences. As individuals, we all need to feel a sense of our own worth. We all want to be healthy. We all want a network of close family and friends. We experience much the same emotions as everyone else, something that great works of art demonstrate to us. We share a common humanity. At the Humanity Project, this belief is among our core ideas. Just look at the PeacePage, a special photo gallery you’ll find listed on the website menu above this blog. The faces of those people from all seven continents show us what we see every time we look into the mirror. We are each fundamentally the same. The Charter For Compassion is helping more of us to recognize this underlying humanity — and to act on it. The Humanity Project is proud to now be part of that effort.