Learning to care has been important for people for tens of millennia and should be the natural “backbone” of religions. A God or Master of the Universe does not need anything from us, but other people do. Our teaching and learning should be responsive to that last statement.
We have repeatedly pointed how Avicenna, Maimonides, and Aquinas used the Ethics of Aristotle to formulate moral theology in Muslim, Jewish, and Christian religions, respectively.
Some medieval scholars like Anselm first believed so that they could understand (credo ut Intelligam). Others, like Abelard and Aquinas tried to first understand so that they would know what to believe (intelligo ut credam).
The Dalai Lama explained that only ethics could transcend all religions and be the basis for a common social order. Without belief in a natural, common social order, people would be free to follow their own subjective will, religion, or bias regarding fairness, taxes, and civility.
Green Care uses new findings in human development to explain how to form good leadership.