Vrednote svetovnega etosa
Hans Küng, a contemporary Swiss Catholic theologian (born in 1928), who because of his heretic position was in 1979 deprived even of the right to lecture at the Catholic University of Tubingen, is the creator of a new Global Ethic, Weltethos. According to him, Weltethos does not mean a new global religion, but rather a binding ethical system of coordinates. Ethics, on which Weltethos insists, is universal and as such applies to every human being – from simplest ordinary men to politicians, scientists, and artists. It applies to all people despite of their different professional orientation, their philosophy of life, regardless of race, culture, and religion; it applies equally to religious people and those indifferent to religion, to people who believe and those who don’t. The article especially emphasises the importance of fundamental trust – to be able to say yes to the world, to reality, because as Küng puts it: it is from this trust that through self-realisation and co-shaping of the world an internal autonomy of man, self-legislation, and a sense of self responsibility evolve.