Saturday, 29th April 2017
ETHICS NEED CENTRE STAGE
Universities teach subjects and skills, but what really lies at the core of human experience is our culture and values. At University, students from all over the world come together, but rarely is their cultural intelligence acknowledged or respected, especially in the classroom. We British professors from world famous universities teach, and you sit and learn, seems to be the underlying elitist message. Dont question the cultural assumptions of our expertise, is the rhetoric.
When we look at the outer world, we see a crisis of sustainable living, which is foremost and fundamentally, a crisis of values. What do we believe? What are our personal ethics? How is it that our values will affect our expertise, and how we choose to profit or not from it?
These issues should be actively discussed and debated on campus, and positive action programmes instigated. Examples of these are:
The outcome of such experiences and dialogue will be that when students graduate, they will be more rounded, more motivated to lead in a conflicted world, and shape human and ecological destiny positively and peacefully. Hopefully, even the academics will learn something from this, and begin to question the underlying values of their science.
Dr. Atul Shah, Diverse Ethics
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