Shared Values for a Troubled World: Conversations with Men and Women of Conscience

Shared Values for a Troubled World: Conversations with Men and Women of Conscience

by Rushworth M. Kidder, Jo Spiller
     
 

As we approach the twenty-first century, the global village is becoming a reality—at the same time that the world appears to be tumbling into a serious moral recession. What core values must we uphold if humankind is to survive and prosper in an increasingly complex and fragile world? Rushworth M. Kidder travelled the world to interview leading thinkers,

Overview

As we approach the twenty-first century, the global village is becoming a reality—at the same time that the world appears to be tumbling into a serious moral recession. What core values must we uphold if humankind is to survive and prosper in an increasingly complex and fragile world? Rushworth M. Kidder travelled the world to interview leading thinkers, artists, writers, business people, and political leaders. He asked each person the same question: "If you could develop a global code of ethics, what would be in it?" Based on these twenty-four interviews, Shared Values for a Troubled World identifies eight universal values necessary to create the moral conditions for a sustainable twenty-first century: love, truthfulness, fairness, freedom, unity, tolerance, responsibility, and respect for life.

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From the Publisher
"Only Rush Kidder would have made this odyssey, and only Rush Kidder could have returned with such a valuable cargo of insights." —Bill Moyers
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kidder, president of the Institute for Global Ethics and a columnist for the Christian Science Monitor , here interviews 24 ethical leaders from around the globe to draft a code of ethics. The interviews--six of which appeared in the Monitor --are brief but contain much wisdom: Shojun Bando, a Japanese academic and Buddhist monk, suggests how adversity might move society toward a love without egoism; Vietnamese-born author Le Ly Hayslip worries about the corrosive effects of Western materialism; educator Jill Ker Conway warns against the increase of violence against women; attorney Newton Minow muses on how television can become a moral force. In conclusion, Kidder compiles eight vital values--love, truthfulness, fairness, freedom, unity, tolerance, responsibility and respect for life. Such an admirable list, however, offers little guidance to those wrestling with applying those values to divisive issues like abortion and affirmative action. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555426033
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/01/1994
Series:
Public Administration Ser.
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.22(d)

Meet the Author

RUSHWORTH M. KIDDER is founding president of the Institute for Global Ethics in Camden, Maine. He has been a foreign correspondent, editor, and senior columnist for The Christian Science Monitor. He is author or editor of numerous books, including An Agenda for the 21st Century and Reinventing the Future: Global Goals for the 21st Century.

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