Our core values are what drive us toward our mission of promoting compassion in our community. The following values explain our approach to ethics and service.
First and foremost, compassion is our most core value. In modern times compassion has taken on a new meaning that is almost synonymous with sympathetic pity. But the Charter For Compassion has a better view of the role of compassion in our lives.
“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 center of our world and put another there, and to honor the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.”
This is our definition of compassion, along with this quote from Karen Armstrong, the Founder of the Charter For Compassion: “Compassion doesn’t mean feeling sorry for people. It doesn’t mean pity. It means putting yourself in the position of the other, learning about the other.”
Compassion is empathy, understanding and kindness. And of all our values, it is the most central to what we do and who we are.
Compassion only goes so far however. Understanding someone and feeling for them are only half the battle. The other half is taking action. At its core, compassion is action. But most of us understand compassionate action as service.
Community service is at the heart of our actions. We strive to provide service to our community in as many ways as possible. Service does not have to be limited to significant projects. It can be as simple as waving, giving someone the benefit of the doubt or holding back from road rage.
We encourage and promote all compassionate service.
The Golden Rule
Regardless of religion, culture or philosophy, throughout history people have always independently found The Golden Rule. In our day to day conduct with others, we apply The Golden Rule in both its positive and negative formations.
This means we refrain from doing to others what we want them to refrain from doing to us, and we seek to do for others what we want them to do for us. Whether in the classroom, home or workplace, we strive to implement the Golden Rule in all of our interactions with people.
Dixie Volunteers is not associated with any church or religion, nor do we endorse one. We are not a covert missionary effort of any kind. You can be Mormon, Catholic, Baptist, Humanist, Atheist or whatever you want to be and still have a desire to give compassionate community service. We don’t care what church you attend or if you don’t attend church at all. Everyone is welcome and everyone should feel comfortable participating in our community service projects regardless of their faith or worldview.