Award-winning journalist Gillian Tett is a markets and finance commentator and assistant editor at the Financial Times.
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Today's world is marked by a very profound paradox. On the one hand, the global economy is connected as a single system more profoundly than ever before, partly because of technological change, partly because of economic change. At the same time, though, you have a system that is still marked by tremendous fragmentation, not just socially, but also mentally and physically, in terms of how people live their lives. There's a real problem of tunnel vision, in many parts of that interconnected system.
The most practical aspect of a global ethic is a recognition that we're all in this together. Precisely because our system is so interconnected these days and shocks can be transmitted very, very fast, we should all recognize that actually if we ignore the parts of the system that are poor or backward or don't seem to have any connectivity to us, we could actually end up damaging ourselves.
I think it would be very naïve to think we're going to see world peace anytime soon. I think driving for world peace without driving for some element of economic integration and harmony is naïve, unfortunately.
Moral leadership means having the courage to do things that may be unpopular, to speak truth even though it may not be what people want to hear, but also to retain a sense of humility.