The Common Good

Can we talk about the Global Common Good?

For a society to remain cohesive, it’s necessary for its members to share a vision of a series of goods that unite them. These “common” goods are part of the “common good” of that society.

The common good of society rests on three foundations: 

LAW

Which governs justice relations and makes social peace possible.

BUSINESS

Which is concerned with satisfying the material needs of individuals in society.

POLITICS

Which is directly concerned with creating the ideal conditions for citizens to achieve perfection by developing the virtues of citizenship.

In a world as globalized as our world is today, there are a number of goods that are gained or lost if and only if the majority of the world’s citizens, its states, companies and other institutions reach agreements on how to identify and maintain them. Consequently, one could say that there is a global common good, which can be defined as the set of conditions that allow the members of the global society to achieve their goals as well as everyone’s goals more easily and fully. Some common goods are easier to identify – a suitable climate to sustain human life, fair international laws, effective international institutions – while others are more difficult to agree upon in terms of their content and how to proceed to achieve them.

It is therefore necessary to start with very profound truths about humanity: what promotes it and what weakens it. This is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century: to build human communities united by shared visions of what is good and led by people committed to this good.

Consequently, it can be stated that there is a global common good, which can be defined as the set of conditions that allow members of global society to more easily and fully achieve their own ends and those of all.