What is a Compassionate City?
Karen Armstrong was once asked to define a "compassionate city." Her response struck the audience as quite odd. “A compassionate city is a profoundly uncomfortable city – one that is not self-satisfied,” the founder of the Charter for Compassion International remarked.
Her colleague, Dr Andrew Charles Himes of the Charter for Compassion, explained the essence of her response. “A compassionate city is one that is uncomfortable with the knowledge that a lone man sleeps on the sidewalk that night or if a child goes to bed hungry or if a handicapped person does not get the opportunity to fulfill his dreams.”
... A compassionate city, according to him, is one that works well for everyone - the women, children, handicapped or those with lesser means. It allows all its citizens to contribute something unique to its makeup, no matter how small or insignificant the contribution may seem. “It is the feeling of being a part of something bigger that makes everyone own the city.”
Excerpted from: The Express Tribune with the International New York Times