We all want to make good choices. We all want to be fair. We all want to “do unto others.” But what does that mean? And how do we actually live it? Do Unto Others, the Underlying Principle of Life and How to Live it starts by taking a fresh look at some traditional Christian concepts and then offers some practical steps – the 7 Questions – that can help.
Time to register for the Empathy and Compassion in Society conference 2013.
Can empathy lead to burn-out? What is the difference between empathy and compassion?
Interestingly, neuroscientists Tania Singer and Olga Klimecki have shown that while empathy can increase one’s own negative emotions, compassion is associated with positive emotions. Watch this talk from Empathy and Compassion in Society 2012.
This year, scientists at Empathy and Compassion in Society 2013 will continue to explore this topic and discuss what motivates us, why we decide to make compassionate choices, and to what effect on our mental and physical health.
Speakers will include clinical psychologist Dr Chris Irons, neuroscientist Dr Antoine Lutz, the Associate Director of Stanford University’s Centre for Compassion Research Dr Emma Seppala and resilience and self-compassion specialist Dr Kristin Neff.
Join us on 24 October at the Southbank Centre for a unique gathering of scientists, innovators and leaders in management, law, education, health and social care.
Registration on compassioninsociety2013.eventbrite.com
We’ve made progress. We’ve moved forward as a society and as a species. We have a long way to go. But we continue to work on it. There are those who still want to derail our journey. But we continue to overcome them. And in the end, together, we will make this a truly Golden Rule world.
It’s been five years since I wrote the first version of Do Unto Others. It’s still available online. This new version, revised and expanded, will be both a reflection of how my journey has changed, and how the technology that we use to share our experiences has changed. This version of Do Unto Others is a series of linked blog articles.
Seneca, part of double-herm, Antikensammlung Berlin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
He that does good to another does good also to himself.– Seneca
Like the last quote from Cicero, this is another expression of self-care. It’s phrased differently. It almost seems like an attempt to bribe us to do good, the way we’d entice a child to help clean up the kitchen by reminding them that they’ll get to eat some of the cookies that we’re baking.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s easy to forget the inherent value in reaching out to others; to begin to see it as an obligation rather than a privilege. Sometimes we need to be reminded that our interdependence is expressed in many ways, both direct and indirect.
Cicero, Kopiezeichnung einer Büste aus London (Herzog Wellington) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself - Cicero
That’s an interesting way of expressing the concept of self-care. Most of us desire to help others and to make a positive impact on the world. Often however, we’ve been taught to think that if our effort doesn’t come at some personal cost to us – some “sacrifice” – that it doesn’t really count somehow.
Certainly there are those who make great sacrifices, up to and including laying down their lives for others. But to move society forward as a whole, to bring about a culture of Mutuality, we need to recognize the value of ourselves equally to the “other.”
It’s important to recognize, as the old adage goes, that we are neither ahead nor behind those we travel with. We are beside them; part of them; one with them.
Once we truly embrace that perspective, we will be able to contribute the most – to them, and to ourselves.
On June 19, the Australian version of the Golden Rule Poster was launched in the New South Wales Parliament. The continent of Australia is divided into 5 regions, one of which is New South Wales. Each region has its own Parliament.
The Australia version of the Poster is published by the Columban Fathers, a group similar in focus to Scarboro Missions. Small changes were made to the poster including the inclusion of an Australian Aborigine text and symbol.
The Launch in the Parliament created an opportunity for interfaith networking as witnessed by this e-mail I received from an attendee of the launch: “Congratulations on your Golden Rule Poster, which has now been launched as an Australian version in Sydney through Patrick McInerney at the Columban Mission Institute! The launch created a wonderful opportunity for interfaith networking, which in itself is very encouraging and fulfilling.” Jenny Proctor
Attached is a media release outlining the launch. Below is a link to a number of photos taken at the launch.