WHERE ARE OUR VALUES AS A SOCIETY?
I was attending business classes for a while and the word value was always being mention. This is a word used in the business world constantly but do the lay man incorporate value in our daily lives.Well, I never did prior to starting these classes. Value for me was always associated to monetary things based on society. Such as homes, cars, shoes, clothing, jewelry and the list goes on, it all pertained to stuff. Although these things are valuable and a part of our daily lives. In society the things we value have also become very competitive , if we do not own certain things as the new sneakers among children, they are bullied, beaten up or even murdered. The value is placed in the pair of sneakers. We also see it in some of the reality shows how value is represented. This is detrimental position to be in as a people in society. When we are not taught as children into adults the ways to incorporate VALUE in our daily lives..
How do we make a shift in consciousness in what we truly VALUE?
When we place value on our mind, taught, time, work ethics, speech to name a few we can become a respectable to each other and start the journey of being acceptable to humanity. Lets all for one week put value on every thing on this planet earth. For instance, human being, animal, plant and any tangible things, which play a valuable role on this earth. Something what was valuable to me was giving directions to a young lady, because I valued what she wanted and assisted. Value is very simple but we make it complicated. A smile might be all the next person needs to make their day completed. Incorporating daily affirmations, keeping a journal will assist in our awareness of what is valuable.
- I value my mind, body, soul and spirit.
- I value my elders teachings.
- I value my relationships.
- I value the different ways I express myself.
Authors Louis Raths, Merrill Harmin and Sydney Simon introduced their values clarification theory in Values and Teaching: Working with Values in the Classroom (1978). Their theory centers around the fact that many people in contemporary society have difficulties in defining values. Raths, Harmin and Simon examine four key elements of teaching values. These include: a focus on life, which makes people draw their attention to aspects of their lives that they value and which may vary from individual to individual; an acceptance of what is, which aims at nonjudgmental acceptance of other people just the way they are; an invitation to reflect further, which should follow the acceptance and help people make better informed choices and raise awareness of what is important to a person; and finally, a nourishment of personal powers, which should help people apply this awareness and information in their future.
According to the authors of the theory, there are different types of people who need values clarification and who do not integrate values in their lives. These may range from apathetic people to personalities that are enthusiastic about different things but just as easily become disinterested. Another type of person is the overconformer, who always wishes to please people. All these types of behavior need value clarification because the lack of clear values may have negative impact on their lives in the long run.