Written by Johanna Nichols.
I love walking outside. It is my favorite form of exercise, but I have a few ground rules. The temperature has to be minimum 20 degrees, with no wind, and it can’t be icy or driving rain. When the weather fails the test, I put on music and stretch and dance. My current favorite is the soulful, acoustic album “Temple at Midnight” by Miten.
A song on that album brings Sam Fogel to mind. Picture a small elderly man with white hair and glasses walking his two little dogs along North Pleasant Street. A member of several local religious communities, Sam’s deepest concern was for the survival of humanity. He developed the term “humanitism” for his theory of what the world needed.
Then, he came upon the Charter for Compassion. Their website describes its origin this way: On February 28, 2008 acclaimed scholar and bestselling author Karen Armstrong received the TED Prize and made a wish — to help create, launch, and propagate a Charter for Compassion. After much work and the contribution of thousands of people the Charter was unveiled to the world on Nov. 12, 2009.
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