Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Vaclav Havel: Moral order is most important issue of new millennium

"We live in a world ringed by a single global civilization comprising various areas of civilization," writes former Czechoslovakian president Vaclav Havel in the International Herald Tribune. He believes climate change has brought civilization to a crossroads, one for which materialist technocracy may not have answers:
Technological measures and regulations are important, but equally important is support for education, ecological training and ethics—a consciousness of the commonality of all living beings and an emphasis on shared responsibility.
He offers this further reflection:
Whenever I reflect on the problems of today's world, whether they concern the economy, society, culture, security, ecology or civilization in general, I always end up confronting the moral question: what action is responsible or acceptable? The moral order, our conscience and human rights—these are the most important issues at the beginning of the third millennium.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Excuse me but it sounds like a pile of rubbish to me. Moral order cannot be universal if only because not a single nation will ever agree on the priority of morale over their national interest. Conscience only becomes apparent to one well fed, clothed and healthy to boot. Human rights is just another incarnation of
modern-day religion - that of the ones well-fed, clothed and healthy. Regular people ( or about 90% of the Earth population ) care more about every day survival than about your moral order chimeras.