Hans Küng is a Catholic priest and president of the Foundation for a Global Ethic.
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We do not live any more in the age of modernity where reason, progress, and nation were the leading values. All these modern values have been shaken by the two World Wars and the more recent developments in economy, politics. and culture.
The greatest challenge is the current rapid accumulation of global crises. We live in a time where several fundamental crises are influencing and reinforcing one another. We are seeing the emergence of climate crises and energy crises, financial crises and economic crises, debt crises and national crises.
The global ethic is a set of elementary moral values, standards, and attitudes, which can be found in all great religious and ethical traditions of humankind and can be shared by all human beings, believers and non-believers.
Comprehensive world peace may never be achieved. But the history of the European Union of the last 60 years shows that peace is possible if everybody cooperates.
Moral leadership is necessary in all spheres of life, such as politics, economy, education. The central presupposition is credibility and integrity. Moral leadership means to stand up for one's moral convictions.