Values in Governance
Edited By Scherto Gill and David Cadman
Part I. Love Matters: An Emerging Shift in Consciousness
Part I: Love Matters: An Emerging Shift in Consciousness Introduction to Part One The gift of the gods is consciousness. —Jim Harrison, ‘In Search of Small Gods’ This part of the book sets out the contexts and key concerns of an emerg- ing and pressing need for a radical investigation of values in governance. In particular, it explores the underlying story of a shift in human consciousness towards new and innovative forms of governance. For the contributors of this book, the kind of governance required by the future of humanity must prioritise the ‘flourishing of all’—not only the flour- ishing of human kind, but also all kinds of species and beings and, indeed, the planet Earth as a whole. The contributions argue that this aspiration can only be realised through a system of decision-making underpinned by core human values such as respect, love, compassion and care—a rigorous and deliberate move away from a declining way of being and towards something that is about interconnection and relationship. In light of the much debated paradoxical role of religions and spirituality in determining values and systems of governance in the contemporary social and political contexts, as well as the potential of faith and spirituality to shape glob- al governance, the chapters in this part make an explicit effort to explore the spiritual development of leaders and the need to nurture their innermost being. Thus, each chapter of Part One is dedicated to the conceptual articulation of the relationship between values, governance...
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