Four truths about values (Excerpt)
…When you discovered your purpose, you knew your cause. When you envisioned, you saw the fulfillment of the cause from the beginning, and you are clear about the direction you would take. At this point, you aren’t yet done.
You need values to propel your purpose forward, inspire you to remain committed to the advancement of your mission, and to safeguard your vision until it comes to fruition. Here are the four outstanding truths about values that may encourage you to seek a values-driven lifestyle:
- Humanity shares certain universal values that have kept us together
- With well-defined values greatness is inevitable
- Disrespecting values leads to destruction
- Showing unwavering commitment toward one’s values enables us to outlast setbacks
- Humanity shares certain universal values
Humanity, around the world, embraces and respects certain universal values. Animals are led by their instincts without any value. Their preoccupation is survival.
On the other hand, humanity is conscience based on certain universally recognized values. We have witnessed, again and again, many putting themselves in harm’s way to protect and save others including the people they don’t know and never met. In every society, we have countless individuals who are willing to pay the ultimate price for a greater good.
So far in our history, certain universal values could bring humanity together. Regardless of political, religious, cultural, and ideological differences, some regional and international organizations have been formed to protect certain universally agreed values. In this chaotic and diverse world, the human race wouldn’t have survived and co-existed without universally shared values. Rushowrth Kidder, in his book, ‘Shared Values for a Troubled World’ published his conversations with great men and women of conscience around the world. These extraordinary leaders suggested eight universal values mandatory for a sustainable 21st C: Love, truthfulness, fairness, freedom, unity, tolerance, responsibility, and respect for life.
However, universal values require constant renewal of commitment from all of us. In 2003, the then Secretary-General of UN, Kofi Annan gave a lecture entitled ‘Do We Still Have Universal Values?’ at Tubingen University in Germany. He stressed the need to recommit ourselves to universal values that are engraved in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights such as “peace, freedom, social progress, equal rights and human dignity.” He pointed out that these universal values “are no less valid today than when, over half a century ago, those documents were drafted by representatives of many different nations and cultures.”
This excerpt is taken from ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’ book pages 133 – 134.
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