Analysis Of ' Faith And Diplomacy ' By Madeline Albright

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In “Faith and Diplomacy” by Madeline Albright, the author suggests that while we may divide the “religious” from the “political” here, they are intertwined in nations abroad. Thus, we should take this into consideration when dealing with foreign policy. In her essay, Albright shows the powerful force religion can entail depending on who wields it. She sets up her writing through three stories in order to show that while people will die for their religion, they will also kill for it, hence further proving the stakes people will go through for their faith. While religion continues to effect people everywhere, it is shown that in order for us to thrive, we must have compassion for their faiths. Only after faith is considered would peace be restored and a deeper understanding of each other created. Therefor, an ethical system may not be created apart from religion according to Madeline Albright. Similarly, in “Ethics and the New Genetics”, written by the Dalai Lama, the author presents the idea that an ethical system may not prosper without compassion, only his argument is presented in terms of science rather than religion. He claims as scientific breakthroughs are rising, so are morals, “the human capacity for moral reasoning has kept pace with developments in human knowledge and its capacities.” (The Dalai Lama 133) The Dalai Lama coins this through focusing on the field of genetic engineering and the potential benefits of advancements in science and technology. While on the surface, he calls for a new set of morals in the form of a “moral compass” as Albright calls for compromise along the lines of faith, which “requires, at a minimum, that we see spiritual matters as a subject worth studying.” (Albright 35) As both authors emp... ... middle of paper ... ... Madeline Albright proposes instead of ignoring faith, it should be not only addressed but implemented in foreign policy. All the while, The Dalai Lama professes, we must determine our first motivation and ensure that its foundation is compassion, “we must all — scientists and society at large — strive to ensure that whatever new course of action we take, we keep in mind the primary goal of the well-being of humanity as a whole and the planet we inhibit.” (TDL 140) Thus both authors share a view of compromise, compassion, oneness, and a deeper understanding of others. It is not religion that necessarily wields an ethical system, but it is the consideration of it, and the realization that we are not so different, even if we share different faiths. We derive from the same genetic makeup according to The Dalai Lama, and the same image, according to Madeline Albright.

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