Charter of Compassion

From Anthroposophy

A contemporary example that exemplifies working the core message of Christianity as a global concept for the whole of humanity (as opposed to one of multiple religions), is the work of Karen Armstrong (1944-).

A common theme in her work has been to rise above the differences between ancient religions and find the common essence that they share.

In 2008 Karen Armstrong, at age 64, used her TED prize to use the TED platform to create a 'Charter of compassion', which was launched in 2009. Two TED talks are on youtube, see:

and also short 2' promotional video captures the key message.

In her life work and published books, she explored the various great religions and traditions and finds the essence in all of them is the Golden Rule: 'do not treat others like you would not like to be treated yourself'.

In the book 'The Great Transformation' (see below) she also notices that Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, Jeremiah, Lao Tzu and others all emerged in a timespan of a few centuries with very similar ideas regarding and common messages for humanity.

As Rudolf Steiner pointed out about a century before, the common link is the White Lodge, and the timing has to do with the preparatory work for the Christ Impulse and the Mystery of Golgotha, and the development of the I.

The interesting element here is that this initiative puts the same old wine in a new bottle, the essential key message now broadcasted to the world in the new clothe of youtube, TED and social media. As background it's interesting to also look at Armstrong's biography and life development.


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References and further reading

  • Karen Armstrong: 'The Great Transformation: The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah' (2006)
  • Karen Armstrong: 'Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life' (2010)
    .. why did Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, Jeremiah, Lao Tzu and others all emerge in this five-hundred-year span? And why do they have such similar ideas about humanity?