A global system of ethics is a goal that has long been anticipated on the world scene today. Although organized religion has long been celebrated as the standard bearer for the promotion of a virtuous life style, the various conflicts afflicting many of the major world religions clearly expose the inherent weakness to such a simplistic interpretation. Ideally, a scientific foundation for such a global moral perspective should prove exceedingly beneficial. A formal behavioral-science tie-in with ethical principles proves particularly effective for removing such a cultural range of stumbling blocks. This primary foundation within behavioral psychology further invokes instinctual principles shared in common as a human species (as well as the rest of animal kingdom) compatible with the precepts of Natural Law. When expanded to include the more abstract human-cultural levels of interaction; namely, group and universal authority, the affiliated traditional groupings of virtues/values rightfully enters the picture.
This radically new approach targeting motivation melds modern behavioral psychology with the long-standing traditions underlying value ethics. This trend encompasses an ascending motivational hierarchy of personal, group, universal, humanitarian, and transcendental domains of ethical inquiry. Indeed, it is chiefly through this elaborate synthesis linking behavioral psychology to the long-standing traditions underlying value ethics that a master overview of motivated behavior finally becomes conceptually complete.
Approach • Rewards … Avoidance • Leniency
Solicitude • Approval … Submission • Blame
Glory • Prudence … Honor • Justice
Providence • Faith … Liberty • Hope
Grace • Beauty … Free-Will • Truth
Tranquility • Ecstasy … Equality • Bliss
Reinforce • Appetite … – Reinforce • Aversion
Desire • Aspiration … Worry • Compliance
Dignity • Temperance … Integrity • Fortitude
Civility • Charity … Austerity • Decency
Magnanim. • Goodness … Equanimity • Wisdom
Love • Joy … Peace • Harmony
As such it brings a grand-unified understanding of the virtues and values in foundational correlation with the behavioral principles underlying instrumental conditioning.
In summary, the innate instinctual foundation for the motivational hierarchy in terms of conditioning theory imparts a universal appeal towards acceptance upon the world scene today. This systematic scientific foundation invoking behavioral principles is particularly unique in that it directly avoids any favoritism towards any particular cultural identity, treating each with equal dignity and validity. The traditional listings of virtues and values are similarly viewed in terms of such a secular perspective, one that is formally independent of any cultural bias or the restrictions of any supernaturally-revealed scriptural foundation. Consequently, this grand-scale synthesis potentially amounts to the best of all possible worlds: enabling an ethical revival within the secular world (which has typically been downplayed), as well as the potential for an even greater degree of cooperation and tolerance amongst all of the religious traditions of the world in a true appeal to world peace.