Moral leadership is more precious for the future of a nation than gold, diamonds or oil under the soil. It is guided by a common vision that reflects the most fundamental human aspirations, conforms to the universal spiritual principles that govern human life, and is expressed in shared moral values that can ultimately form a global ethic.
That vision is the simple yet profound idea that all people, regardless of race, nationality, religion, or culture, are members of One Family under God.
This proposition has implicit within it certain fundamental principles.
First, each human being has unique value and dignity from the Creator and should be treated accordingly.
Second, since we share a common Source or Origin, therefore, in the words of the American Declaration of Independence, “‘all men are created equal and are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights.” These rights originate with the Creator and cannot be removed or denied by any government or other human institution.
Third, as members of one family sharing a common origin, we also share a common responsibility for one another and for the fate of our common destinies.
These principles make up the framework for moral leadership upon which innovation can take place.
A true innovative leader develops concrete approaches to critical issues through the lens of this common spiritual vision rooted in universal principles and shared moral values, drawing upon human beings’ natural human creativity.
Excerpt from speech by Dr. Hyun Jin Moon at the Global Peace Leadership Conference 2013, Abuja, Nigeria.
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