Value Clarification

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Value represents what is important.  Getting clarity on our values however is less straight froward.  Some values we inherited from our parents or upbringing, others we acquire along the way through schooling, or socialization.

Unfortunately, the values we acquired or inherited early in life are fuzzy and less understood. We kinda adopted them at face value.  It is just the way things are.  And these basic values  dominate our frame of reference later in life.

As an example, I don’t like cockroaches.  In fact, you can say I hate cockroaches because of a childhood incident.  But I did not realize how strongly I feel about them until someone pointed that out to me based on my non-verbal expressions.

Instead of going along to get along, may be a better strategy is to examine our own values from time to time.  It was Socrate who said, the unexamined life is not worth living.

Sooner or later one will confront the question of what is the meaning in life. Best to get a handle on what is really important to each of us as early as possible.  Value clarification helps in arriving that meaning.

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