Issues IN COMMON that transcend global boundaries AND human DIVIDES

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Virtue

Virtue adds universal value if it has the same value or worth for all humanity. We place virtue in a global context to identify its relationship with human diversity. The foundation for our view is in the belief that humankind is unique and exists comfortably within its oneness as a species.  This is a scientific fact.  And when comparing humanity to other known life forms, we might classify it as 'noble' in creation, given its conscious awareness and creative abilities.

Virtue relates to integrity, by which humanity must abide, performs in tandem with attributes of a moral and spiritual nature that together forge the bedrock that has sustained human existence for millennia.

‘If values are the goal, virtues are the way to get there. A virtue is a characteristic of a person that supports individual moral excellence and collective well-being. Such characteristics are valued as a principle and recognized as a good way to be. Virtues are innate good qualities or morals within people.’

“Spheres of human values encompass morality, spiritual perspective, human creativity, aesthetic preference, human traits, human endeavor, and social order. Whether universal values exist is an unproven conjecture of moral philosophy and cultural anthropology, though it is clear that certain values are found across a great diversity of human cultures.”

Humanity must show virtue and rectitudethrough its performance.

What does this have to do with global public policy?

Scholarship avoids identifying virtues as necessary for strategic planning and as a basis for global public policy. Perhaps there is the fear that it would impinge upon peoples’ moral and religious beliefs, though this same attribute is expressed in the sacred texts of all major religions, and by offshoots in their texts and historical documents. We find virtue referenced in animistic beliefs and also in atheism.

 

It’s an unavoidable truth that religion has played a major role in the advance of humanity down through the ages and contributed to the formation and advancement of civilizations. It would be unfair to deny the tremendous effort that religious faith has made to edify humanity, irrespective of myriad divisive power struggles that has perpetuated ruinous conflicts carried out in its name.

A large percentage of humanity is connected with and influenced by religious teachings, finding them to be a major source of inspiration. It would be foolish not to consider religion in a broad non-specific sense based on spiritual principles as an important element in strategic planning and global public policy.

Mind you, problems will occur if people sense there is advocating for a particular religious faith, doctrine, or belief. If allowed to happen, potentially, it could endanger the success of global public policy.

We are challenged to find innovative ways to make virtues and spiritual attributes a common and mutually supported identity expressed through the vast scope of humanity, made inclusive to the planning process, and criteria for global public policy. If done properly, it would inspire human performance in ways that make the unthinkable a reality.

Realizing that humanity is bound up by its oneness and infinite creative potential, we are required to relinquish 16th Century thinking that’s supported by competitive exclusion to adopt a process that treasures non-competitive inclusion.  This will require empathy and justice to be foremost in our thinking and action.  We must learn to appreciate those unique characteristics inherent to humanity’s vast and complex diversity as tools to create sustainable pathways to secure a just and stable future.

It won’t be easy, but it is a start.

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