Celebrating our
Common Moral Compass

Adrian Bishop

The Centre for Defined Ethics

Existing shared values

It is a fact that human societies do share values, a fact demonstrated each time we come to the aid of one another in times of trouble. Moral relativism is contradicted by the facts on the ground. Despite all arguments to the contrary, it is obvious that people do understand what is meant by morality. In all societies, people intuitively understand what "common decency" and "good citizenship" mean and show impressive qualities of altruism, generosity and compassion towards one another.

We act as if we are moral beings and we co-operate to further the interests of others, assist in times of trouble and play fair, otherwise there would not be families or societies. We do this not by instinct but by doing what we do consciously. It is the direct result of the way we are and having the freedom to choose. Human beings are unstoppably communitarian. In all civilisations, there is a fundamentally constructive consensus on how interconnected and independent we are. This together with a sense of our shared human experience leads directly to a commitment to universal values that are not imposed by outside political forces but are simply fundamental.

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