Importance of Values
We as humans live in communities and groups. We live with each other with peace and harmony, for promoting peace in the society. There are some values we must have to keep peace in the society or else it will fall apart. There will be many problems when these values are missing. Society will fall into chaos and disruption due to their absence. We need to practice and inculcate them. There are different levels to these them. It starts from individual level to societal level. It starts at a fundamental and smaller level and then it constructs bigger level like society. Individual values include being open-minded about belief of others, while societal values involve justice and equality. Humans are called the crown of creation. They are given this title because they are meant to live in harmony and peace with each other. Although we have a lot of differences among us. Both at individual and societal level but there are certain values which are important to keep this society together.
One of the most basic values one must have is open-mindedness. It is very important to define what open-mindedness means. It means to be a little skeptical about one’s own belief. That does not mean that one should stop believing in what he believes. He should respect the opinion and beliefs of other people. The ability to consider beliefs of other people, helps you verify the correctness of our own. It helps the person to mentally grow and be more tolerant toward others. As one wants his beliefs to be respected, he must respect others to achieve that. Open-mindedness serves as the basis for other values. By being more open-minded, we acknowledge others. It educates a person of his own ignorance. Now we know that education is also an important value. It helps a person know and understand things around him. Education aids in distinguishing good and bad things. One should learn to adopt good things while learning to avoid bad ones. Good values include being honest, loyalty, dependable and courage. One should learn to be honest, as truth is always better than lie. It takes a lie to hide a lie and if you speak one lie, you will have to speak many to hide it. Simple truth will prevent many problems before they even begin. ‘Honesty is the best policy.’ This quote is true in its nature as it brings peace of mind and does not burden one with guilt, when they speak lies. When truth is spoken, there is no need for further ‘truth’ but when a lie is spoken, it needs backing of another lie. The cycle of lies keep repeating until it creates a huge mountain of regret and shame for that person. When the truth gets out, the whole mountain collapses on the conscience of that person and it makes life difficult for that person. Loyalty is another important trait that one must have. Loyalty means to stay faithful to something or someone. Some people are loyal to their loved ones, while some are loyal to their principles. Loyalty prevents the people from doing anything that will cause harm or damage to the things they love and care about. Loyal people might lay down their lives protect their loved ones. Dependability gives respect and recognition to a person in society. When your friends are in trouble, if they know they can depend on you, their lives become easier. Courage is also of the core values one must have. Courage is to throw away the fear of being physically or mentally punished and to say what is right. Courageous people stand up against injustice and cruelty. They do not fear death, as it would bring shame to their honor and principles. They stare the negatives forces in the eye and give it their all to defeat it. The ability to stand against injustice is not easy. To stand up for a cause or a belief, one must have the courage the hardships and problems coming his way. Although there are many values but there are few core values which help the others. Open-mindedness, honesty, loyalty and courage are the some of the core values which serve as basic development of values in a person. Having the basic core values help a person develop other values. Living in a society, a person learns to live with others. To live peacefully and in harmony others, one must have these certain set of values.
For a society to run smoothly, they are some values that must be promoted. The society must promote values like equality, compassion, freedom and ethics.
A society should promote a sense of equality among its people. People should not be judged differently based on being rich or poor, white or black. There must be a code of conduct, which if violated demands the perpetrator to be punished for his actions. No favor should be given on any criteria, as it would be unfair to others. All the members of the society should be treated equally. Equal opportunities in education, employment and other fields should be given to every individual in the society. No discrimination should be made based on color, caste or creed. Basic human rights need to be given to all the people living in a society. Failure to provide these rights, might result in catastrophe for the society. As inequality will promote crimes and hate among the people. The great physicist and scientist, Albert Einstein said, ‘Before God we are equally wise – and equally foolish.’ This quote captures the idea that we as humans are all equal. The differences we have are apparent which can be of color, caste or creed. We all have the same human nature beneath our skin and that is what makes us who we are. Any society which wants to progress peacefully needs to practice compassion among its people. Compassion allows people to come together to solve each other’s problem, irrespective of their personal belief. Compassion is one of the most important traits in a society. It goes beyond all the boundaries set up by culture, ethnicity or religion. Deep down in core values of all the religions and cultures, compassion is given a much higher priority than other values. As the great saying goes, ‘If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.’ It signifies the importance of compassion in human life. When we help each other, we feel a sense of happiness within. The help we give to other brings happiness to them. Hence, the happiness is shared through practicing compassion. To care for another is caring for oneself, as we are all humans and we were all created in God’s image. Freedom is also important for the members of the society. People must have the liberty to practice their own belief and religion. Just because people have different God to pray to, or different culture to practice does not mean that there should be conflict. There have been wars in the past for freedom. People laid down their lives for their beliefs and to protect ones they love. They put all these efforts to create liberty for their forthcoming generations. Letting people practice their belief is one thing, people should also have the freedom to celebrate their festivals. When people celebrate their religious festival and be more acknowledging of others, they tend to accommodate other people as well. It creates a sense of unity among people and brings the idea of harmony to them. Society will prosper when all the celebrations are supported by all the members of the society.
All these values both on individual and societal level are important. One needs to build himself both individually and socially. Importance of these values cannot be ignored as the weave together the fabric society. People will have many differences and similarities. Acknowledging the similarities and differences creates bond among people. A person who has basic core values finds it easier to live in a society. Rather such a person makes society a better place to live for both himself and others. A person who is open-minded and educates himself, invites positivity. People find an optimistic aura around such individuals. Society become a better place to live when such individuals exist in it. They people become more tolerant towards each other and society moves towards a more peaceful and harmonious state. When these individuals take charge of the society, they should promote the societal values to maintain the peace.