Importance Of Values In Life Essay

Values those are most important to me.


Values are something that is important in life. Values can’t be exchanged in any way or form. Everyone has something that they value and of course that includes me as well. A value is something that a specific person or groups respects and affectively regards it as something important in their life. An example would be my values, I, personally, have many values. Some of my most important values consist of my family, my ethnicity and my memories.

Something that I value the most would be my family. Family means a lot for me because no matter what happens, my family would always be there for me. Life would be really different if I didn’t have the family that I have now. In my family, I am taught that no matter what difficulties I have to face, my family would always be there and support me. They taught me many things about life that I would take with me for the rest of my life. No matter how many good friends you have, they will never be there for you forever, but family will always be there for you. Not everyone has a perfect family; therefore, I must appreciate what I have now because not everyone is as lucky as me to have a family that cares for each other through out all the different circumstances.

Another very important value of mine would be my ethnicity. Ethnicity is very important for it describes me. Due to the fact that I am born Asian American, I was brought up to what I am today. It is very stereotypical where people think that Asians are smart people and because of this belief, there is always the pressure of being smart. My parents didn’t have an education like me, for my mom didn’t stopped attending school and for that reason, she wants me to have a good future. Therefore, she would always tell me to work hard and that school is very important. This is another reason why I value my family as well; it is because they always lead me the right direction.

Ethnicity causes different people to have different standards in life. My parents have expectations and those expectations become my expectations which make me improve in life. Ethnicity also covers religion and culture. Although there are many superstitions in my religion, I still believe in most of them because it seems like I was brought up to be very superstitious, and I find them very interesting. I really like the culture of my heritage. I find it most extravagant to research about. The history of my people is what I am interested the most about because it informs us of how people act nowadays due to the teachings of back then. We should value the fact that we can read and write for many people in other countries aren’t able to do so, and what I value more is that I am able to communicate through more than one language, giving me an advantage in life. If I never learned Chinese, I would’ve never been able to understand the true meanings of the literature. I am very grateful of what I have learned throughout the years and I value all these traits that I possess.

Memories only come in one set to each person; therefore, everyone must value their memory. I value my memory for it reminds me of the things and events that happen to me throughout my life. My memories are most valuable because without them I wouldn’t be able to be who I am today, for my knowledge of things depends on my memory. The best thing is that no one can take away another’s memory and it stays within the person itself forever. There would be no point in life if there was no memory for what would be the reason for continuing to live without a memory of people and things that are most precious to you. Precious moments that would never come again would always remain in the memory of the person. Precious memories are a great value to me in life for I depend on the many happy events that happen in my life to go through the tougher or sadder times of life. If I’m furious, or miserable, I would always think of the good times and that would make me elate.

In conclusions, everyone values at least one thing in their life. My values are mainly the things that create me for what I am today. Family is indeed the most important, ethnicity is just what comes with me when I was born and I respect that the most. Memories are things that I would never trade for in my life and will keep them to myself or even share the memories with other people establishing more new memories. Life would be very different if I had no values, and I’m pretty sure it goes for everyone as well. Perfection is created by the values of life which one has.

Carmen Kuang
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         Importance of Moral &  Ethics Values in  our Lives

 

 

 “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”  -- Albert Einstein

 

 

The  moral values in life hold great importance from the point of personal, social and spiritual development. Values, morals and ethics are inextricably tied together. Values are what we learn from childhood; the 'stuff' we acquired from our parents and immediate surroundings. Values are the motive power behind purposeful action. Moral values are meant for making the quest to find the higher self an easier. Unfortunately, many amongst us may find it difficult to follow values such as truthfulness, honesty, forgiveness in our lives because we have not perceived the subtle gains that come to us by following these values.  Or, maybe, we are careless to realize the importance of values in life.   Ethics, on the other hand, are how we actually do behave in the face of difficult situations that test our moral fiber.  Ethics are the code or principles on which one’s character depend.


Ethics and character are closely related. Values are essential to ethics develop at an early age and can be instrumental to building character.

 

The quality of our lives is not determined by the happenstance of genetics or by the influence of environment; it is not measured in material possessions or in the trappings of youth; it is not dependent on personality or social acclaim. On the contrary, the intrinsic value of the lives we lead reflects the strength of a single trait: our personal character. 

 

Russell W. Gough, author of book titled: Character Is Destiny, describes the steps to personal growth from examining our lives to taking responsibility for our actions, from discarding selfishness to embracing the greater good, from becoming a better role model for our loved ones to finding the courage to do the right thing naturally and consistently. By cultivating the habits of virtue, we will strengthen not only ourselves but, more important, our families and our world.

 

Whereas, morals are the intrinsic beliefs developed from the value systems of how we 'should' behave in any given situation. Moral values are the standards of good and evil, which govern an individual’s behavior and choices.

 

 

   “The preservation of human life is the ultimate value, a pillar of ethics and the foundation of all morality”.    – Author Unknown

 

 

 We Indians are very religious and we lavishly spend on religious celebrations and pray for our well-being. But we rarely bother for ethics without which we cannot move even an inch towards true religion or get any favour from God. In daily life, we conveniently forget the real spirit of religion and work for petty personal gains.

 

Ethics is a branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of our actions and to the decency and wickedness of the motives and the ends of such actions. Every religion prescribes high ethical standards and values. But few followers pay any heed. We are deviating from true religion and focusing more on external rituals.

 

Ethical conduct is the foundation-stone of every religion. As per Sikhism there are five basic elements of ethics. These are:  Wisdom, Truth, Temperance, Humility, Courage, Justice, and Contentment.  Four of the eightfold path of Buddhism — right speech, right action, right livelihood and right effort —are all about ethical conduct. Chapter 13 of Bhagvat Gita elaborates the 20 values that Lord Krishna teaches Arjuna.  These values are fundamentally necessary for a seeker to prepare the mind for the knowledge of the Self. One of these values is ‘Arjavam’ which means straightness, it means conducting oneself accordance with one’s ethical standard. ‘Arjavam’ means an alignment of thought, word and deed. These are the rudimentary requisites for proper practice of any religion. Ironically our concern for religion is conveniently oblivious of these elementary requisites.

 

Guru Nanak De Ji, founder of the Sikh Faith, was asked over five hundred years ago, as to which was the greater of the two religions prevalent in India then, Hinduism or Muslim? He replied that without morality both will be losers.

Spirituality can help us become better human beings if we follow the general moral codes with devotion. It prepares our body and mind, to receive God's inspiration. It also transforms our thinking, speech, and our actions that form virtuous habits that determine our moral character. One cannot be spiritual with out good character. Character is a combination of qualities that make an individual ethically admirable.

 

ਅੰਦਰਹੁ- ਝੂਠੇ ਪੈਜ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਦੁਨੀਆ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਫੈਲੁ ॥ ਅਠਸਠਿ ਤੀਰਥ ਜੇ ਨਾਵਹਿ ਉਤਰੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਮੈਲੁ ॥ ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਪਟੁ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਗੁਦੜੁ ਤੇ ਭਲੇ ਸੰਸਾਰਿ ॥ ਤਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਨੇਹੁ ਲਗਾ ਰਬ ਸੇਤੀ ਦੇਖਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੇ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥ 

Anḏrahu jẖūṯẖe paij bāhar ḏunī▫ā anḏar fail. Aṯẖsaṯẖ ṯirath je nāvėh uṯrai nāhī mail. Jinĥ pat anḏar bāhar guḏaṛ ṯe bẖale sansār. Ŧinĥ nehu lagā rab seṯī ḏekẖnĥe vīcẖār.

Those who are false within, and honorable on the outside, are very common in this world. Even though they may bathe at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage, still, their filth does not depart. Those who have silk on the inside and rags on the outside, are the good ones in this world. They embrace love for the Akal Purkh, and contemplate beholding It. -----Guru Nanak in ‘Asa Di Vaar’ (SGGS, Page, 473-15).

 

People in the Western countries may not be very religious, but by and large, they are honest in daily life. They have a high sense of integrity and they take pride in that. Whereas, in India majority of us have lost faith in our religious leaders so called professional gurus who are only after gaining prominence and luxurious living without divine realization. Should we lose faith in ourselves also and be carried away by the stream of unethical practices or stand upright?  We ought not to forget that unselfishness, honesty and humility are more paying regarding contentment and spiritual fulfillment. If we follow this path that represents the true spirit of any religion, then we can serve our nation in a better way.  Why should we follow professional gurus, who have lost moral values and are only interested in ‘name & fame’ and acquiring assets without any sense of responsibility?  Believe me with adequate integrity, sincerity, devotion to duty and humility; we can improve our community as well as our quality of life. I can say that when we live our lives according to moral values that are based on honesty, compassion, courage, modesty, and forgiveness, then we can also form positive bonds with other people.

 

 

 

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