Concerned and committed people from varied walks of Ridgefield life \u2014 religious folks, educators, sports coaches, town officials and politicians, moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas and young people looking toward tomorrow\u2014 will be gathering Sunday to begin an ambitious and noble project. They want to make Ridgefield a more compassionate town. They want Ridgefield to join with other communities, and goodhearted people everywhere, in an effort to start making the world better. Day by day, step by step. And they want Ridgefield to sign on to something called the Charter for Compassion \u2014 the target date for signing is next May. The Charter for Compassion is a written commitment that\u2019s been embraced by people and communities around the world. It expresses worthy sentiments \u2014 beautiful sentiments. It\u2019s inclusive of people with wide-ranging faiths and beliefs. It manages all this by focusing on one thing \u2014 compassion, treating all people with empathy and respect and kindness. As the charter itself states in its opening sentence: \u201cThe 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.\u201d So, it basically works for everybody. What these folks envision is a continuous and growing effort to bring more compassion into our troubled globe. It\u2019s idealistic, sure. But the charter\u2019s ideal is down to earth. It\u2019s the old golden rule about treating others as you\u2019d like them to treat you. This is simplicity itself, and the soul of goodness. People don\u2019t always live up to ideals. This compassion effort got started in town after some anti-Semitism and racism were found in graffiti and on social media. We do have problems. The meeting \u2014 a compassion retreat, they\u2019re calling it \u2014is Sunday, June 9, at Scotts Ridge Middle School. The committee invites anyone in town who\u2019s interested, from high school age and up, to join them. Getting involved might turn out to be quite rewarding. They\u2019re a bunch of nice folks. And \u2014 meeting or no meeting \u2014 a life of compassion is surely the way to live.