What do you do, when you have an ego larger than life, don't actually belong to any traditional religious tradition, yet want to change the planet with your magnificent ideas? What do you do when you "believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world."?
You form TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) and give away the TED PRIZE. The TED PRIZE is awarded annually to "three exceptional individuals" who each receive $100,000 and are granted "One Wish to Change the World."
You award such "exceptional individuals" as Bill Clinton in 2007 and Bono in 2005.
One of the three recipients of the TED PRIZE for 2008 is Karen Armstrong, writer of several books on comparative religions. She is described by the TED folks as "one of the most provocative, original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world."
“I wish that you would help with the creation, launch and propagation of a Charter for Compassion, crafted by a group of leading inspirational thinkers from the three Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and based on the fundamental principles of universal justice and respect.”
According to Ms. Armstrong, it is the religious fundamentalists among us that prevent humankind from joining together, holding hands while singing kumbaya. We all believe some version of the Golden Rule and that's enough.
The result of her wish is the Charter for Compassion website. She is assisted by The Council of Sages. What sort of pompous ass would belong to a council of sages?
You can help in the Utopian ideals of Ms.Armstrong by participating in the creation of the charter, spread the word and nominate religious leaders who will agree to sign said charter.
Going to the website, I find several story contributions by the self proclaimed "sexiest creative genius in human history", Sharon Esther Lampert AKA "KADIMAN, THE 8TH PROPHETESS OF ISRAEL".
Lampert gives her 22 COMMANDMENTS..ALL YOU WILL EVER NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GOD...A UNIVERSAL MORAL COMPASS FOR ALL PEOPLE, FOR ALL RELIGIONS, AND FOR ALL TIME .
I'm not going to list the 22. You can follow the link for yourself.
Is this what Armstrong is looking for?
Lampert's contributions alone prevent me from taking the Charter seriously.