Compassion

 The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all 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 honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.
It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others - even our enemies - is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.
We therefore call upon all men and women ~ to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings, even those regarded as enemies.
We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.(Charter for compassion, founded by Karen Armstrong)
http://www.charterforcompassion.org/index.php/belgium

70 x 100 cm
2016
Els Wydaeghe
Myriam Michiels
Edouard Schneider
Peter Minten
Jan Theuninck
Fabienne Verhulsel
Jan Theuninck
Christine Marchand
Christine Marchand
Jan Theuninck
Christine Marchand
Christine Marchand
Christine Marchand
Jan Theuninck
Jan Theuninck
Lauke Huys
Christine Marchand
Christine Marchand
Christine Marchand
Christine Marchand
Kristien Hubrechts
Sophie Van Hoecke
Tom Veys
Leen Sterkens
Leen Sterkens
Leen Sterkens
Leen Sterkens
Jan Theuninck
Jan Theuninck
Jan Theuninck
Jan Theuninck
Jan Theuninck
Jan Theuninck
Jan Theuninck
Jan Theuninck
Jan Theuninck
Joachim Dumoulin
Joachim Dumoulin
Fabienne Verhulsel
Yoni De Muynck
M.Marx Marx (Mard Reifferscheidt)
frieke verle
Jan Verwée
Jan Verwée
Jan Verwée
Jan Verwée
Jan Verwée
Jan Verwée
Jan Verwée
Jan Verwée
Jan Verwée
Jan Verwée
Nousjka Daniëls
Elisabeth Bracke
Elisabeth Bracke
Fabienne Verhulsel
Ellen Proost
Ellen Proost
Ellen Proost
Jeroen Goubert
Jeroen Goubert
Jeroen Goubert
Jeroen Goubert
Jeroen Goubert
Jeroen Goubert
Jeroen Goubert
Jeroen Goubert
COLETTE CLEEREN
Peter Minten
Martha Vanhoof
marjoke schulten
marjoke schulten
Christine Marchand
Sebastian Josep Ferran
Sebastian Josep Ferran
Sebastian Josep Ferran
Jean-Marie Petyt
Jean-Marie Petyt
Sebastian Josep Ferran
Elsa van den Hoogen
Elsa van den Hoogen
Elsa van den Hoogen
Elsa van den Hoogen
Els Wydaeghe
Els Wydaeghe
Fabienne Verhulsel
Fabienne Verhulsel
Fabienne Verhulsel
Fabienne Verhulsel
Fabienne Verhulsel
Sebastian Josep Ferran
Elsa van den Hoogen