In Search of Ethics (ethikos) wrote,
In Search of Ethics

What are Values?

"The problem with you, is that you have no values", she said as he threw another can of beer into the trash at the other end of the trailer.

"No", he said, "The problem with you is that you don't like my values", and got in the pickup and drove to the recycling station to get rid of that stack of beer cans.

Values are esteemed qualities. Who gets to do the esteeming? Each of us must decide, at some point in our life, which of the polyglot of values we are assaulted with become our values. Re-inforcing values by teaching children is the Davidian Proverb 'teach a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it'.

I'm struggling to decide if there are any 'values' that can be considered generally applicable to all humans. However, at some level, the value of personal survival and the value of rearing offspring in a way that assures their survival seem good candidates.

But, I would agree easily to the notion, that all humans need some sort of values. It seems that these values underlie our actions, our sense of purpose if not merely our personal and racial survival.
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