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Why Love Matters

Values in Governance

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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1. The Leap in Consciousness


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1.  The Leap in Consciousness


Edgar Mitchell, the pragmatic young US Navy captain who was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 14, was the sixth person to walk on the moon. On the return trip, as he watched the earth float freely in the vastness of space, he realized that the story of the world and humanity as told by science was incomplete and likely flawed. ‘I recognized that the Newtonian idea of separate, independent, discreet things in the universe wasn’t a fully accurate description. What was needed was a new story of who we are and what we are capable of becoming’(Mitchell). What ‘new story’ is Mitchell talking about? What are human beings capable of becoming?

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