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Riane Eisler was so far ahead. Now she is right on time.


I've been thinking about grit as a character trait ever since we decided on the theme for this year's Gala; Architects of Justice. Say "grit" and my mind immediately goes to the Charles Porter classic novel, True Grit with its infamous lines, "There is nothing free except the Grace of God. You cannot earn that or deserve it." While Porter's protagonist, Mattie Ross, sought retribution for the murder of her father, exemplifying one aspect of grit, the Charter's Humanitarian Awardees each demonstrate a variation of grit beyond perseverance. Each of them has continued to demonstrate a passion for following through on a vision, a vision that is justice.

Let me turn to the words of an expert on grit, Angela Duckworth. Her work has earned her a MacArthur Genius Award and her research and application methods are so outstanding that they are both understandable and make perfect sense. She writes:

"...[T]here are no shortcuts to excellence. Developing real expertise, figuring out really hard problems, it all takes time―longer than most people've got to apply those skills and produce goods or services that are valuable to people....Grit is about working on something you care about so much that you're willing to stay loyal to's doing what you love, but not just falling in love―staying in love."

All of this is a prelude to our third Awardee, Riane Eisler. Riane was born in Vienna and escaped Nazi persecution with her family, at the age of eight, to wind up living in Havana for the next seven years. Then the family immigrated to the U.S., where she first lived in Miami, New York, Chicago and finally, in Los Angeles. Trained as a lawyer, she has become one of the world's foremost cultural historians and evolutionary theorists. You only have to look at the title of her books to understand her grit, and the long-lasting love she has to bring justice to all.

Consider her revolutionary work, The Chalice and the Blade, where the terms, "partnership" and "dominator" originate. Words so prevalent in our understanding of a world that can be characterized as one that espouses gender equity, caring, peace and sustainability, as opposed to a world dominated by chronic war, ecological destruction and instability. Riane remains firm in her thinking that this is not a pie-in-the-sky ideal, but one that is achievable by staying anchored in the vision. Her book on economics, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economy, was hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as "a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking" and by Jane Goodall as "a call to action."

Join us in celebrating Riane Eisler and her incredible body of work that helps build and develop world views that can shape and change our future for the better.

Gala tickets are available now. Join us for our pre-show of music and stay with us afterwards if you like for our after-party of music. You can use your ticket to visit the Gala and our other two shows 42 hours after broadcast.

Remember, our Global Gala Gallery opens on October 31. You can visit each day to see new art work for sale to benefit the Charter for Compassion.

With warm regards,


This message from Marilyn Turkovich, Executive Director of the Charter for Compassion, appears in our 10/22/2022 weekly newsletter. To sign up for our newsletter, scroll all the way down to the end of this page to get to the bottom menu; in the newsletter section, enter your email address and click on subscribe.  

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