By Linda Fisher Thornton
We have become a divided society that seems to have temporarily lost its collective center in values. We have worked globally for many years to define that center in values and we should continue to look to it to guide us now.
“The values of peace, freedom, social progress, equal rights and human dignity, enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, are no less valid today than when, over half a century ago, those documents were drafted by representatives of many different nations and cultures.”Secretary-General Kofi Annan, “Do We Still Have Universal Values?”, in United Nations Meetings, Coverage and Press Releases
I wrote an article for the Non-Violent Change Journal about creating a better world through values. Here is an excerpt from it that speaks to how moral development plays a role in how we deal with our greatest challenges:
Disagreements themselves are not harmful. It’s how we act on them that counts. It is important to remember that a better future cannot be taken by force. It has to be built over time on a base of values, understanding, and cooperation.
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