Values (was Technology and Values LO11631)
Thu, 2 Jan 1997 16:05:03 -0500

Replying to LO11605 --

In a message dated 96-12-30 22:44:40 EST, (GSCHERL)

" Technology has developed so quickly, our values were lost. Had a very
interesting conversation yesterday with a friend of mine. She said
that many of her single women friends were disillusioned with the men
of their own age (late twenties) because the men didn't have any
values. Many were successful in business, had money, but were
lacking values."

Having been a lurker for several weeks on this list, I now feel moved to
make my "maiden" post. There is a great deal of rhetoric lately about
"lost" or non-existent values. Since anyone still breathing and walking
around on this planet must have values of some kind (meaning that that
there are identifiable things that are important to them), I assume that
in the above-quoted posting, lack of values really means values that
differ from what the author thinks they should be. Certainly a person who
is sucessful in business must have some fairly strong driving
principles--even if they relate exclusively to material gain.

If there indeed has been a decline in adherence to certain values, it
seems as simplistic to attribute that decline to "technology" as it is to
attribute teen pregnancy to increased sexual content in commercial

It might be interesting for the author or others on the list to specify
which values should be on the endangered values list. More importantly,
I'd like to see the list connected to organizational life.

By the way, I run a non-profit social service agency with about 160

Dick Jacobs


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