Another version of the Four Irrevocable Directives or Four Imperatives of Humanity has been drawn up by the InterAction Council

1. “Have respect for all life!’
The ancient precept, especially urgent in a time of children killing children, “You shall not kill”, evokes today the human responsibility for a culture of non-violence and respect for life.

2. “Deal honestly and fairly!”
The very old commandment, important more than ever in an age of globalization, “You shall not steal” speaks today to our
responsibility for a culture of solidarity and a just economic order.

3. “Speak and act truthfully!”
The ancient axiom, incumbent also upon politicians and the media, “You shall not lie”, today calls up our responsibility for a culture of tolerance and a life of truthfulness.

4. “Respect and love one another!”
The age-old directive, even more important in an age which seems to be without taboos, “You shall not abuse sexuality, shall not commit sexual immorality”, today means the responsibility for a culture of equal rights and partnership between men and women.

An alternative version of a Universal Declaration of a Global Ethic is printed in Leonard Swidler’s For All Life (White Cloud Press, Ashland, Oregon, 1999, pp. 29-36). Find out more at and Leonard Swidler invites suggested revisions by e-mail to DIALOGUE@VM. TEMPLE.EDU

Also on this theme:

World Citizenship: A Global Ethic for Sustainable Development is a paper presented by the Baha’i International Community.

Confucian Ethics and Universal Ethics by Li Chuanshu

Extract: Now it is not only possible but also necessary for mankind to establish global or universal ethics in a pluralistic cultural background. Today many regional problems have become serious global problems. So we must join hands in meeting these problems, which challenge human survival and development. These problems of global proportions include ecological degradation, poverty and unemployment, drug abuse, transnational crime, ethic cleansing and moral degradation………