We explored personal values the other day and today we are going to explore global values.
Global values are about you as a member of society, within your community and your family. They guide you in how you relate to other people and determine what is acceptable to you in your external world.
In the injustice of emotionality, I refer to cultural values about truth, fairness and justice which every country, religion and culture have. They will vary slightly but we can identify them by the image of the ‘ideal’ or ‘normal’ person of that country, religion or culture. In Australia we all know about the little Aussie battler, standing by our mates and the importance of a fair go.
In the injustice of temptation, I refer to a shame-based society and how it creates our greatest fears with horrifying acts against the most vulnerable members of a society. A patriarchal, capitalist society that does not value, emphasise, or attempt to create balance and moderation but instead pushes for extremes and judges and compete with any other cultures, societies, or nations that also project such images, is the current modern world.
As members of any society or nation we collectively make up our cultural values. But there can also be many big business decisions, media coverage, and political policies that we feel violates our core value system. It is important that we know what fuels our anger or hostilities about global events so we can make choices that reflect all of our values. Highly powerful emotions carry an energy that creates and attracts more of the same kind of energy and actions. Fears and anger allow people to feel justified in their stances as they voice a sense of righteousness and nobility in their behaviours.
We are living in a current world environment where truth, fairness and justice are being blurred by philosophical, religious and cultural dogma. The lesson for us all is that the more strongly we hold a point of view, the more strongly we believe we are right and that others are wrong; the more strongly we demand that others concede their flaws, their faults, and their wrongness; the more we maintain the status quo of hostility, misunderstanding, and violence in all its forms.
The purpose of understanding our values is to empower us with self-knowledge, not to beat our values over others heads! It helps us select a political party that represents our values. It helps us belong to a religion that reflects our values. It helps us join community or social groups that mirror our values. Knowing and living by our values helps us live a life of congruency and integrity.
Rank from most important to least important the following values:
Security – family/national/world
Beauty – nature/arts
Having ranked these values from number one being the most important to you through to number twenty, the least important, take the top ten and answer the following questions:
What actions did you take today to express this value?
What behaviours did you display that expressed this value today?
What words did you speak that expressed this value today?
What beliefs do you have that express this value?
What attitudes do you hold that express this value?