Peoplehood draft Wexner Address, continued
The most defining force in the 21st century so far is the impact of globalization. While there are many benefits of globalization, there is also the acceleration of injustices and gaps between the rich and poor. The only antidote to the negative effects of globalization is mutual responsibility, which is something that is hard-wired into the essence of the Jewish people.
We have been a global people for 2,000 years. At a time when the international institutions formed after World War II are lacking in the ethical framework to deal with a new and more complex age, the Jewish people have some things to say, teach, model.
Mutual obligation and responsibility is the only thing that can save the planet, which is not going to come from Christianity, since Christianity quite deliberately elevated the necessity for belief over action, thus inadvertently divorcing ethics from obligation. Belief that people should do the right thing, to respect human rights, has taken civilization only so far.
It is time to enter into a new global covenant of mutual responsibility and this we can bring into the public arena by making sure we not only instill it in the next generation of Jews, but model it both in our relationship to other Jews and to those in need.
Coming Soon: Ahad Ha’am’s Take