Values Act Like Lenses

Values Act Like Lenses

Values Act Like Lenses, how is your view or the color filtered?

Some of the common values, biases, perceptions and worldviews various people have are listed below. This list is designed to give you ideas to create YOUR own personal list. I suggest choosing 5 to 10 values you are most passionate about and think are good values. Then think of 5 to 10 values that you dislike most strongly.

  1. Accountability
  2. Accuracy in verbiage
  3. Aggression is wrong
  4. Anarchy (no rulers) is an ideal way for humans to exist
  5. Archy (ruling class) is good
  6. Autonomy is important to me
  7. Awareness, the sensory-based experience of one’s environment
  8. Humans are born free
  9. Humans are born with a debt to society
  10. Candor about worldviews, biases and preferences is good
  11. Centralized control of individuals is necessary to avoid a nasty, short and brutish life 
  12. Charity should be expected of good people
  13. Cleanliness is part of good character
  14.  A Communities’ interests should be above individuals
  15. Compassion is part of good character
  16. A compassionate person is not objectively better, but I choose to be one
  17. Competence and productivity are part of good character 
  18. Consciousness, the awareness of one’s awareness
  19. Contribution to those in one’s region should be required
  20. Conviction in one’s faith is good
  21. Creativity is wonderful
  22. Curiosity is good
  23. Dignity can only be earned, it is not a right
  24. Discipline from authority is necessary and good
  25. Diversity is not only OK, it should be forced.
  26. Effectiveness in achieving a goal is more important than moral means  “The ends justify the means”
  27. Equality of outcome is a goal worthy of force
  28. Equality of outcome is a goal worthy of force
  29. Ethics should be extended from groups to individuals and enforced by the group
  30. Fairness to individuals is less important than fairness to groups
  31. Feelings are as important as reason
  32. Free markets are bad and must be controlled
  33. Generosity is morally superior to selfishness
  34. Goodness is not defined by individuals, but by the holy word of God
  35. Personal happiness is a good and moral thing to morally pursue
  36. Hard work should not be required for a person to receive basic human needs
  37. Harmony makes compromise worthwhile
  38. Hate isn’t great, but I will allow others that choice so long as they don’t initiate violence
  39. Health care is a basic human right (positive right)
  40. Heredity of the political system of our parents and their parents is legitimate
  41. Honor should be given to parents and those in authority even when we disagree
  42. Humor is an important thing to me
  43. Idealism, the dreaming of things that have never been, is stupid and not worthwhile
  44. Idealism and invention are how new things and ideas are brought to the world
  45. If one takes care of the means, then end will take care of itself
  46. Individualism is selfish (wanting a bunch of something for oneself) and therefore bad
  47. Inheritance taxes should be higher because that would help equalize access to stuff
  48. Initiation of force is always bad, Non-Aggression-Principle (NAP) is good, important and absolute without exception
  49. Intellectual consistency is important
  50. Intelligence and ability vary between people and it is each person’s right to profit as they choose
  51. Irreverence to tradition is bad
  52. Justice should be a function of the group, and individuals must abide by the group’s worldview
  53. Kindness is important and required of others
  54. Law-abiding citizens are better than law-breakers
  55. Learning should be ongoing, perhaps I will learn I am wrong about some things
  56. Liberty is important
  57. Logic is the only acceptable system of communication to use in debate
  58. Loving others, even the unlovable, is good
  59. Loyalty to one’s nation is good
  60. Loyalty to one’s dogma is bad
  61. Loyalty is not important, rather fairness is good.
  62. Minimalism is worthy of force
  63. Monogamous heterosexuality is the only moral way
  64. Morality is subjective
  65. Morality is set in stone by something/someone
  66. Nationalism and patriotism are good
  67. Negative rights are the only legitimate human rights, if rights even exist
  68. Oligarchy, monarchy and democracy are all OK if it is the national tradition
  69. Order is needed in society and can only be achieved through politics
  70. Peace is a high and worthy goal
  71. Performance and outcome should determine reward, not how hard a person tried
  72. Popular sovereignty, that government is created by and subject to the will of the people is a good concept
  73. Positive rights, those that require action on another’s part, are bad
  74. Productivity is a good measure of a person
  75. Private property rights are of absolute importance in society.
  76. Public need trumps private desire
  77. Realism trumps idealism
  78. Reason is the best way to think
  79. Reciprocity is better than charity
  80. Reparations, affirmative action, preference points based on gender or color are necessary to right the balance
  81. Respect is due those that enforce the will of rulers, soldiers, police, legislators, judges
  82. We are responsible for ourselves, nobody else has a  duty to do anything for us
  83. Rule of law is what makes society safe and prosperous
  84. Security and safety sometimes requires the public to take away freedom and privacy from individuals
  85. Self-reliance is a good and high goal
  86. Altruistic selflessness, putting others above oneself is better than egoism
  87. Sexual stuff should be each individual’s choice, and not controlled by force by society
  88. Sharing with the public the fruits of one’s talent, abilities & labor with society should be expected
  89. Spirituality is part of being a human being
  90. Spontaneous order works better than central control
  91. Stewardship of “the commons” is a responsibility and worthy of force against individuals
  92. Sustainability Doctrine is good, the earth is in huge danger and we must force everyone else into action or inaction
  93. Teamwork is morally superior to individual effort and work
  94. Theism is by definition a form of superstition, and is not deserving of respect
  95. Tolerance of things we dislike is good and all should be forced to tolerate even thinks they are biased against
  96. Tolerance of things that are against our values is not to be expected in our domain
  97. Trustworthiness is a high goal
  98. Truth, even when unpopular, is worthy of our pursuit and love
  99. Virtue is good
  100. Wealth in money, land, friendships or other capital, when voluntarily acquired, is the sole property of the owner, and is neither a moral good or bad
  101. Wisdom is good and ought to be pursued

What is most and least important to YOU?

Values Act Like Lenses, and when most of us speak, we describe what we think based on our perceptions. This is natural and fine, awareness that our worldview if effected is the important thing. We ought to recognize that values act like lenses.

Robert E. Podolsky has an interesting article here: