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"Compassion is at the heart of everything little thing we do. It is the dearest quality we possess, yet all too often it can be cast aside with consequences too tragic to speak of.  To lose our compassion, we lose what it is to be human."

The Ridgefield Charter for Compassion

(based on the International Charter for Compassion,

The Tenets

Living the principle of compassion calls us to always treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves.  Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honor the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.

The Ridgefield Pledge for Compassion

     "I pledge to conduct myself, my business and organization, with these tenets in mind, and to participate in Ridgefield's commitment of creating a community wherein our compassion reflects our deep recognition of our common humanity."

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     Thanks to the efforts of a broad range of people in all walks of life and on every continent, compassion has touched the lives of thousands of people in countries, cities, schools, business and other organizations, and faith communities around the world.  

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