Development of Ethical Leadership
Any process of transformation requires able leaders to take it forward. Leaders at all levels and in all sectors of society are perceived as role models and should therefore be persons of integrity, and good examples, who themselves continually aspire to set the standard for morality.
The Moral Regeneration Movement aims at developing and nurturing such leadership.
Members of the youth are the ones who bear most of the brunt of moral decay. They are often perceived as either the agents of immoral behaviour or helpless victims who need some external intervention. On the other hand, the youth themselves decry the lack of positive role models and opportunities for right living.
MRM must focus on harnessing and supporting the energy and creative spirit of youth towards moral renewal.
As the Chairperson of MRM cautions: “It little profits a nation to boast about thousands of teachers, doctors, engineers, accountants, lawyers, priests, scientists and all kinds of skilled personnel if these are devoid of moral values. Did Nazi Germany or Apartheid South Africa not boast of similarly skilled citizenry? Yet it was the same professional and skilled persons that were turned into monsters that sent helpless persons to the gas chambers, conducted experiments on human bodies without their consent and mercilessly killed people for being different from them. Equally, in our times, it is skilled people who steal government funds and thus prevent the delivery of social services to the needy”.
MRM aims to make moral formation in our education system as one of its core functions, both in theory and in practice.
The media generally tends to portray mostly the negative aspects of life in their news reporting. Media economics seems to dictate that good news does not sell, while negative news does. Therefore, in pursuit of commercial imperatives, the media is likely to concentrate on news that sells (which is often negative) at the expense of good news (news that does not sell). This fuels perception that the country is generally immoral.
MRM ensures that the media does also carry positive stories of moral courage and renewal.
Riches and Poverty
Poverty is seen as a serious threat to moral regeneration. This does not mean that the poor are immoral; often the poorest people display deep moral integrity. It is the growing gap between the rich and the poor and worsening levels of poverty that are immoral. These create conditions within which moral decay in communities and neighbourhoods flourishes.
MRM assists in combating poverty and reducing the inequality gap.
Crime and Corruption
The prevalence of crime and high levels of corruption manifest a deep loss of respect for human life; a profound lack of patriotism and care for others and a sickening degree of greed and selfishness.
MRM also assists in combating the root causes of crime and corruption in all their manifestations.
Religious belief and practice is another key agent of moral formation. Given the diversity of religious belief systems in our communities and the propensity of formal religion to proselytise, the power of religion as an agent of moral renewal is weakened.
MRM will foster greater religious tolerance and cooperation for moral renewal.
The family, in all its cultural and religious manifestations, is an important agent of socialisation and a major instrument for nurturing sound family values, attitudes and behaviour.
MRM aims to strengthen the family unit.