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The Forum
17 Jan
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A conceptual meeting point for this week's three ideas, by Emily Kasriel
The Forum, the BBC World Service programme which boldly crosses boundaries: scientific, creative and geographic, presented Rana Mitter.


Professor Steven Lukes, discusses moral relativism. Do we live in different moral worlds? And, if so, does this mean there are no universal moral values? Should I ever judge someone else's actions if we belong to different cultures? By examining what people believe and why, Prof. Lukes looks for 21st century answers to questions that have troubled humanity for centuries.

Professor of Landscape Architecture Martha Schwartz explains why there is so much more to landscape design than plants and trees. Her creations are full of bright colours, man-made materials, clearly defined geometric shapes and largely devoid of plants. And why are men, particularly white European men, so afraid of bright colours?

Indian visual artist Shilpa Gupta discusses why through her works she wants us to confront shadows, both those cast by our bodies and those left behind by powerful figures of Indian history. She is not afraid to ruffle feathers and question deeply held assumption: in another one of her works she asked the audience to go out on the streets of London carrying a shopping bag emblazoned with the words: ?There is no explosive in this'.

Listen to the 60 Second Idea To Change The World

Each week one guest presents an idea to enhance the world. This week it's the turn of landscape architect Martha Schwartz. She suggests that every inhabitant of the Earth should own a share of its natural resources through a Global Resources Fund. This would be capitalised by G8 countries diverting 80% of their military spending into the Fund and would bring about better protection for the environment and address economic inequality.

For more visit BBC News Online: preserving national resources

Your comments...

The Forum spent an awful lot of time and many words getting nowhere. For many years it has been agreed that there is a Universal Morality. (Not, as a BBC voice once said that "Morality is a Personal thing!" What selfish rubbish!)

This Universal Moral Code is shared by all the eleven main religions of the world, from Zen to Zoroaster, Shinto to Judaism, Islam to Buddhism and Taoism. It is best expressed as " Do unto others that which you would have them do unto you!" In other words "Behave yourself!"


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