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Themes: Ethics & Community

Our communities are composed of people from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, religions and life situations.  We live in what many people call a pluralistic society.  Our challenge is to find our shared values.

We believe our similarities and connections are stronger than our differences.

However it often seems our differences are stronger than our similarities.

Ethics or ‘doing ethics’, can help us.

Ethics means creating the communal space where everyone is invited, regardless of their views, to work out better ways of doing things together.

Ethics is a process.  Ethics can help us develop a shared story for our society and perhaps for our globe.

The only requirements are:

  • Being willing to listen

  • Being comfortable with some uncertainty and ambiguity and

  • Being confident solutions and answers will eventually surface, sometimes indirectly.

For a detailed perspective on bio-ethics and disability click on the 'Thinker' icon on the left side of this page.

Click here for a summary of a presentation by Dr. Margaret Somerville, founding director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University.

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