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Whether it comes today, tomorrow or we endure to suffer additional ages, an ethical 'world constitution' is de facto.

Could ethics be the same unimaginable grace to be drawn from our current desperation as was Buddha drawn from India’s teaming poor; as was Jesus Christ, Moses and Mohammad drawn from their regions dire circumstances? If so, what would best make ethics workable but a world consensus or some sort of “world constitution”?

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    May 24 2012: It is tough enough even to get people to sign the Charter of compassion.
  • Jun 8 2012: I think that in the centuries to come, human rights will expand, and documents like the Charter of Compassion will be put into forms that will have the effect of international law. If your "world constitution" would include a description of a world government, similar to the Constitution of the United State of America, then no, this will not occur. I think that in the next two centuries the world will change so much that our current ideas about government will be irrelevant. The internet is revolutionizing our notions of nations and governance. Communities like TED may become much more important than countries.
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    May 28 2012: I think we will be better off recognising historical religious moral frameworks as what they really are - human constructs with a mix of good and bad, and move on towards something that is less flawed and could be more universal.

    Then focus on what improves the human condition, what minimises harm, examine the balance between different human rights and responsibilities.

    Anyone who looks to the Abrahamic religions really needs to consider the full story rather than pick and choose. Yahweh is noted as personally killing over 300,000 people (only the slain enumerated, not counting the global genocide of Noah's flood and other actions where the casualties are not numbered) and ordered another 2 million killed (again only where enumerated).

    To believe a book, or one particular revelation, is the source of absolute morality diminishes us. It absolves us from the responsibility of figuring out how to act to better the human condition and condemns us to ancient prejudices and practices.
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    May 17 2012: An ethical code seems to potentially carry a lot of cultural baggage with it, with corresponding risk of disagreement and conflict. I think we need to emphasise empathy rather than ethics. Have a look at Jeremy Rifkins TED on the empathic civilisation. I'm exploring the practicalities of such a civilisaation on my blog, looking at themes in TED talks that are pointing towards progress in this direction.
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    May 15 2012: Well , you mistaken the region circumstances with the ethic.
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    May 14 2012: From the heart comes the personal standard of behavior and interaction with others, aka ethics. From a corrupt, depraved heart comes corrupt, depraved behavior. The problem is not needing to know how we ought to treat one another, the problem is actually, and consistently treating one another the way way we know we ought to. Each of us must respond to Jesus' demand that we must be born again. We need a new heart, a new ethic. To make the world a better place we must stop ignoring God. We must humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways, seek His face, and pray. The Holy Bible has the plan.