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Why Love Matters

Values in Governance

Edited By Scherto Gill and David Cadman

As our current systems of decision-making are increasingly unable to meet the global challenges of climate change, resource depletion, poverty, healthcare, economic instability and global violence, the contributors in this book make a radical proposal for an innovative form of governance that is based on core human values such as love, compassion, care, justice and dignity. Arising from a concern that the «old paradigm» of alienation, consumerism, selfishness and exploitation is damaging for humankind and the family of Earth, the book postulates that a new way of being must be in place so that intrinsic values of caring for others should underpin the intent of our decisions at personal, regional, national, international and global levels. With illustrative references and examples in fields of politics, economy, health and peace, the content of this book argues forcefully that Love, with a capital L, matters in governance, where values can serve as the basis to transform human consciousness about international institutions, community relationships and individual actions. Why Love Matters provides an important introductory text to students of global governance, management studies, political economics, international relations and peace studies, and equally offers illuminating and instructive ideas to leaders, managers and practitioners who are interested in what values-based governance means and looks like and how to go about it in practice.

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Part I. Love Matters: An Emerging Shift in Consciousness

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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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