Now is the Time to Revive the Golden Rule
them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.''
May I be an enemy to no one and
the friend of what abides eternally.
May I never quarrel with those nearest me, and
be reconciled quickly if I should.
May I never plot evil against others, and
if anyone plot evil against me,
may I escape unharmed and
without the need to hurt anyone else.
May I love, seek and attain only what is good.
May I desire happiness for all and harbor envy for none.
May I never find joy in the misfortune of one who
has wronged me.
May I never wait for the rebuke of others,
but always rebuke myself until I make reparation.
May I gain no victory that harms me or my opponent.
May I reconcile friends who are mad at each other.
May I, insofar as I can, give all necessary
help to my friends and to all who are in need.
May I never fail a friend in trouble.
May I be able to soften the pain of the
grief-stricken and give them comforting words.
May I respect myself.
May I always maintain control of my emotions.
May I habituate myself to be gentle, and
never angry with others because of circumstances.
May I never discuss the wicked or what they have done,
but know good people and follow in their footsteps.
—Eusebius of Caesarea (Eusebius Pamphili)
Karen Armstrong looks at religion's role in the 21st century: Will its dogmas divide us? Or will it unite us for common good? She reviews the catalysts that can drive the world's faiths to rediscover the Golden Rule.
Compassion isn't just a warm feeling. Religious scholar Karen Armstrong sees it as an urgent, global imperative. With the 2008 TED Prize, she called for the creation of a Charter for Compassion, a document with the Golden Rule at its ethical core. Designed to unite people globally, the charter was drafted by a diverse set of religious leaders and launched in November 2009 to inspire people around the world to restore compassion, empathy and kindness to the center of life.