HUMAN AND VALUES
“Our values are our principles and guides. Values are our codes of internal conduct, the principle upon which we run our lives and make our decisions. Our first values are given to us by our parents, and these are added to by those values given to us by our peers, our teachers, the wider community. Our moral values are often sourced from our faith systems. It is from these that we select the principles which rule our lives and our behaviours.
Our values often include universal principles such as truthfulness, honesty, justice, honour, etcetera, etcetera. These principles are often essential for our personal and social survival. Putting things back to front, we can often work out what values are present when we analyze either ourselves or others, for behaviours reveals choices and choices are based on our values. We always choose what is best for us, and best for others. We do this when we are being selfless, putting the good of all first, ahead of our own wishes and desires. This is how social values come into existence and are known.
Our brains are hard-wired to seek the truth. No matter what blueprints are laid down by our families, education and work, we are seekers of Ultimate Truth. What words we put into this varies in time and place, culture and society, but we are all seekers of peace and truth. In saying this, we are not saying we are seekers of ‘extreme’ comfort and pleasure, we are not creatures who seek to reduce others or life to units of rest, pleasure or satisfaction. Ultimate universal concepts drive our lives to discover and embody those concepts within ourselves.
The five human values which ‘should’ be found in all cultures, societies and religions, are Truth, Right Conduct, Love, Peace and Non-violence. These values are eternal; they are eternal essences, which elevate human life to its highest expression, its highest capacity.”