Contributions of global systems of ethics to sustainable civilization [Donald de Raadt, ISSS 1998 Plenary Session, July 22/98]

[Plenary session, July 22/98, 11:30 a.m.]

Second Donald de Raadt, past-president ISSS, professor Lulea, Sweden

Ethics and sustainability.

Ethics as a function as an educator, informing leaders and managers, as well as system designers.

Have a peculiar approach, called multi-modal systems thinking: called a prophetic approach.
  1. As a prophet, the universe is not governed by static laws, but by dynamic, personal gods.
  2. Prophets considered life the important part of understanding (not logic)
  3. Humanity -- what we are -- can only be seen in the vision of God.
  4. Humanity although brilliant, is a failure.
Want to stress the relationship of ethics with justice, society, and sustainability of life. Discussing emergence yesterday with a colleague. Separation: The tragic sense of life (Spanish author) Our understanding of ethics, and its essence of love, comes from theology. Differentiate between ethics and justice. Differentiate love from loving, e.g. falling in love. How ethics forms vocations, and the relationship between man and woman. Management is the essential function to produce viability to produce life. This kind of love must be passed on, as a seed passes on to a tree.

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