The Imperative of a Global Ethic in a Global Society

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Khaimook Laopipattana


This paper will explore a core ethical consensus that is found, shared and accepted in world’s religious teachings in response to core universal problems; growing injustice, inequality, poverty and difficulty that are prevalent in all countries and cultures.

          To achieve ethical consensus that would offer a solid foundation for ‘A Global Ethic’ is a big challenge. This common human ethic has to tolerate and understand differences, to transcend religious and cultural conflicts and most importantly to alleviate the sufferings of all mankind in our global society.

          Mankind’s global society is in need of a global ethic. Hans Kung, a renowned Catholic theologian has confirmed that this world only has a chance of survival if it is endowed with a common, universal standard of values, ideals and goals that serve as an adhesive that holds a global society together.


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