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“Let me put in a word for religion,” Armstrong said. Both Buddha and Jesus, she explained, responded to their chaotic times by bearing “witness to a different way of living” to an ethos that counters selfishness.As part of an initiative that is taking her from Pakistan to Jordan, Nike Zoom Kobe Venomenon 5 EP Men White Red Australia Shop Europe to North America, the former Catholic nun has talked up compassion to thousands at various events across Metro Vancouver.Her visit is sponsored by a diverse collection of organizations, including SFU’s Centre for Dialogue, SFU’s education department, VanCity Credit Union, the Vancouver Board of Trade, the Ismaili Centre, the Iona Pacific Inter religious Centre at VST, the Dalai Lama Centre and the recently formed Greater Vancouver Compassion Network.Armstrong has been tirelessly advancing her vision since being awarded the $100,000 TED Prize in 2008, which supported her call for the creation of a “Charter for Compassion.”The charter was signed by the Dalai Lama in 2009, when the Buddhist leader, Armstrong and others were in Vancouver.Armstrong sharply rejects that compassion is a “soft” value, which doesn’t take into account real world hostilities.”Compassion has nothing to do with feelings. It’s a principled determination to put yourself in other people’s shoes. Never treat others as you would not want to be treated yourself.”I told them I want this guy to be very cool. Not some simp handing out platitudes. But to be funny and clever and sometimes to make mistakes.”The Charter for Compassion is being officially adopted in 80 cities from South Asia to Turkey, from Seattle (where Armstrong is heading Saturday) to St. Louis (where former boxer Muhammad Ali has committed to “devoting his last years to the Charter.”)To formally become a “City of Compassion,” a certain number of signatures must be collected, plans approved to promote acts of compassion and the mayor must make a declaration.She hopes the cities that make up Metro Vancouver will soon sign on. “They’re absolutely made for it, since it’s such a cosmopolitan place.”Despite her defence of some religions’ founders, Armstrong said her key motivation in creating the Charter was disenchantment with today’s religious leaders.”You never hear about (compassion) from religions,” she said. “When religions come together they’re usually discoursing about some doctrine, or some orthodoxy, or a sexual practice they don’t approve of.”What the world needs now, she said, is for religious people to rediscover their “compassionate voice.”Every religion, Armstrong said, essentially “insists you cannot confine your benevolence to your own group. ‘Love the stranger.’ ‘Love your enemies,’ said Jesus. ‘Reach out to all tribes and Nike Zoom Kobe Venomenon 5 EP Men White Red Australia Shop nations,’ says the Koran.”Since the world is interconnected as never before, Armstrong said “it’s a denial of reality” to confine compassion to one’s family, friends or group.”We have created a global market. Politically we’re linked as well. What happens in Afghanistan today could have repercussions in New York or London tomorrow. We’re connected electronically on the World Wide Web. And we face the same environmental catastrophe.”We now have to get on with one another. Our cities are multicultural. Look at Vancouver. We find ourselves living cheek by jowl with different people. And we sometimes don’t like this. But we’ve got to do it, because this is the reality of the global market.”

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