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A call for London to endorse the charter for compassion

    1. Darran Trute
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      Darran Trute

      awsworth, United Kingdom

In common with 80 cities (and growing) we're hoping that London will become the 1st City in England to endorse the 'Charter for Compassion'.  This will enable the rapid development of compassion-based programs while supporting a growing culture of compassion that fosters positive, effective, communities and caring shifts in interpersonal relationships.  

Why is compassion important? Humans are made for caring for others and responding to care.  Research clearly shows that it's central to health and happiness. We can also clearly see that in its absence, society as a whole suffers greatly.

It emerges from a recognition of the inter-connected nature of society and our shared basic humanity.

Its the foundation for the mutual co-operation needed to promote peace, cultural and religious harmony and the collective glue needed for humanity to tackle the larger issues facing us including global warming and pollution.  

Many great social changes have been effected through its emergence and power.  It's now also regarded as a skill that can be cultivated, much like how we can develop muscles when we train in the gym.

Compassion is also good for us having major impacts on a range of physiological and psychological processes, including immune, cardiovascular stress and recovery processes.

It's the foundation of ethical decision making, being based in the principle of 'treating others as we wish to be treated'. Research also highlights that high performance in workplaces is actually socially motivated and that compassion is skill that can be developed - factors highly overlooked.

What is compassion? It is a mental state, endowed with a sense of concern that focuses on other beings and wishes for us all to be relieved of all suffering. It's rooted in a deep sense of inter-connectedness with others and our environment.

Compassion consists of 3 components: 
Perception of other's suffering (thinking) 
A feeling of concern (feeling) 
A wish and activity to see that suffering relieved (moving to relieve the suffering)

What compassion isn’t? Compassion isn’t pity, or based on attachment and is not the same as an empathic feeling of others pain. It's also not just wishful thinking and ultimately it's not conditional.

Compassion is a long-range solution that has positive influences on our society, our environment and our economy. It stabilizes our lives and the lives of others.

For these reasons we wish London to endorse the charter for compassion.

This will be used as a prompt to include a 10 year plan to integrate compassion in the development of the city.

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    1. Decision-maker Mayor of London responds:

      Mayor of London

      Dear Petitioner

      Thank you for your email regarding the Charter for Compassion. The Mayor is aware of the problems faced by many Londoners with their mental health.

      His recent report, London Mental Health: The invisible costs of men...

    2. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Tam Martin Fowles PENZANCE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      London is the capital city of the UK, and a place where I spend a lot of time. Living in Cornwall, I recognise London as a central point from which other parts of the country take their lead. It would be very valuable for everyone in the UK if our capital set the example of becoming a Comassionate City.

      • 5 months ago

      It is important to me to care, in the same way that it should be important to everybody who wants to see an improvement in the way society conducts its self towards those who can't or find it difficult to care, for themselves.

    • Birgit Bomball LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      Because an increase in compassion in society will mean an increase in happiness of society and the individual.

      • 12 months ago

      to make our lives and the lives of other living in peace meaningfully.

    • Sheena Christensen LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      This is my way of living


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