THE CODE FOR GLOBAL ETHICS

CONTENTS

PREFACE by Dr. Paul KURTZ

FOREWORD by the author

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION
THE ETHICAL INFRASTRUCTURE OF ANY SOCIETY

CHAPTER 1
DIGNITY AND EQUALITY: -PROCLAIM THE NATURAL DIGNITY AND EQUALITY OF ALL HUMAN BEINGS
Proclaim the natural dignity and inherent equality of all human beings.

CHAPTER 2
RESPECT: -RESPECT LIFE AND PROPERTY
Respect the life and property of others.

CHAPTER 3
TOLERANCE: -SHOW TOLERANCE AND OPEN-MINDEDNESS TOWARDS OTHERS: THE EMPATHY PRINCIPLE
Practice tolerance and open-mindedness towards the choices and life styles of others.

CHAPTER 4
SHARING: -SHARE WITH THE LESS FORTUNATE AND THOSE IN NEED
Share with those who are less fortunate and mutually assist those who are in need of help.

CHAPTER 5
NO DOMINATION: -DO NOT DOMINATE AND EXPLOIT OTHERS THROUGH LIES, OR THROUGH SPIRITUAL OR TEMPORAL POWER
Use neither lies, nor temporal power, nor spiritual power to dominate and exploit others.

CHAPTER 6
NO SUPERSTITION: -RELY ON REASON AND LOGIC AND AVOID SUPERSTITIONS
Rely on reason and science to understand the Universe and to solve life's problems.

CHAPTER 7
CONSERVE: -CONSERVE AND IMPROVE THE EARTH'S NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Conserve and improve the Earth's natural environment —land, soil, water, air and space—as humankind's common heritage.

CHAPTER 8
NO WAR: -DO NOT RESORT TO VIOLENCE OR TO WARS
Resolve differences and conflicts cooperatively without resorting to violence or to wars.

CHAPTER 9
DEMOCRACY: -ADOPT POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY
Organize public affairs according to individual freedom and responsibility, through political and economic democracy.

CHAPTER 10
EDUCATION: -DEVELOP ONE'S INTELLIGENCE AND TALENTS THROUGH EDUCATION AND EFFORT
Develop one's intelligence and talents through education and effort.

CHAPTER 11
IMPLEMENTING MORAL BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL CONTRACT
The necessary but limited social role of institutions: Constitutions, governments, tribunals and police.

CONCLUSION
THE FUTURE OF HUMANKIND

EPILOGUE
APPENDIX:
THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
The United Nations
BOOKS CITED OR RECOMMENDED
INDEX OF NAMES AND SUBJECTS



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