> Hal questions my statement:
> "Values are the one thing unique to humanity".
> He says,
> I don't know, Michael and Rol. Values are not uniform across relegious
> cultures, political boundaries, or even geologically diverse areas.
> Religions, particularly, are holders and promoters of values. But as
> Lazarus Long said "One man's religion is the next man's belly laugh."
Those who have a value that Values are complex and different they will be
able to read the above paragraph without any difficulty and would have
also subscribed to its view point.
If we take what Lazarus Long said for fun sake I have no problems but if
we take that seriously as a part of the global discussion on Values, I
have problems. Let me delineate them:
I know that discussion on VALUES is something like an effort to get rid of
the Colorado Beetle. I am sure that our purpose is not to get rid of the
VALUES. When we say values are not uniform I think we are attributing to
them all the characteristics of various Religions, Places, Cultures and
systems of politics and economy. I would like to see the reaction to
What will an individual do when s/he only sees a kid lying on
the road side, struggling to breath after a four-wheeler ran
over its legs?
In my view the response from any person from any corner of the world with
any kind of religious, cultural, political and economic background would
be by way of rendering SOME HELP to that kid. Tell me where have all the
differences in Values gone? If any one wants to play with the words SOME
HELP they are free to do so. My point is that we all hold similar values
with varying degrees of significance attached to them. The very
discussion on Values is an empirical evidence. I mean to say that at
least it is now clear to all of us that we all value discussion on VALUES
and hence the participation.
Our actions manifest different values at different times. We hold
different values and use them according to the situations. And some times
we just ignore some values that we held them - once upon a time - so
strongly. All this we do just to live "the way" we want.
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