Australia, a nation in need of compassion-focused therapy

A global movement aims to let compassion guide political and community life. This has obvious relevance for a competition-driven nation with a troubling capacity for harsh attitudes and policy


The capacity for compassion is with us from birth, but as a community we have lost sight of the value of treating all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. 

That is the opening paragraph of the Charter for Compassion. The charter was developed in 2008 under the leadership of Karen Armstrong, a former nun. She used the proceeds of her prize for the best TED talk in 2008 to establish an international working group to develop the charter.