What is the true meaning of “Value”? Many times, you hear people say, “these are my values” but when you measure their deeds against the supposed values, there is a misalignment. So, what defines values and how do you ensure that the values you profess aligns with the way you live.
I read an article, Trump Evangelicals Have Sold Their Soul, written by Michael Gerson in Washingtonpost on the Christian conservatives he spoke to about the behaviours they are willing to permit in the era of Trump. I also had some conversations on the issue with some Christian conservatives to get their opinions. The conclusions by Michael Gerson was confirmed.
Many Christians believe that Christian values are on the wane in an increasingly liberal world and that Christians are being bullied. Now, there is a new bully in the playground who is friendly to them; the individual bullies other people but a lot of Christian conservatives don’t mind. So, the value is not that they hate bullying; they just don’t like to be bullied.
Even though “talk is good”, what are the values we hold true especially when the odds are not in our favour.
I used to know a gentleman who believed that the structure of a particular organization was appalling. He was a good orator and could use words to paint a picture of what a great structure would look like. Then he had the opportunity to get into position of authority in that same organization; he made the “appalling” structure worse. For most people, values change depending on their current circumstances. This is not normal; Values are those stances we hold dear, “come rain come shine”.
There are few people I follow on social media who are vocal on some human issues. You could tell where they stand on these issues; once in a while, their own mentors or other individuals they adore then do the things that are contrary to the Values they have always professed. Most times, you watch out for their reactions and they are mute. There are people who stay true to their values even when the offender is a mentor. A good example is the reaction of some folks to the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
A question: How many of us know people who have one reaction to an issue when it is committed by the “Poor” or less privileged and another reaction when the same issue happens to the “Rich”. I know people like that; the question I ask is that what is the true meaning of value for these people.
Value is that thing you stand for. You don’t have to be abnormally vocal about the issues at hand but people around you should know where you stand on those issues. The status of the offenders, the nature of the offence and your current circumstances should not alter your reactions. There are times you may apply wisdom by not being hard on the fellow but your “take” on the issue should be clear to everyone…that is your Value.