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Times change Values don’t (conclusion)

How will your choices today impact the future.? What value system, are you using to base your choices on?

The way you see truth, is any lie wrong, or are some lies not only permissible but encouraged? Guy’s your wife asks you if her outfit makes her look fat, how do you answer? Is it an honest answer, or do you divert the issue? Is she really asking about her weight, or is it her way of seeing if you still love her, the same as you did when you first asked her to be your spouse. How about the doctor treating a cancer patient, who doesn’t give all the information or says that the patient has a fighting chance at beating the cancer, as it has been proven that a positive metal attitude can make a major difference in the success of the  treatment.

How about theft? Is it ok for a starving person to steal just enough to survive another day? Perhaps it’s ok for a corporation to move production from one place to another that offers lower wages, robbing the workers who helped the company become what it is today, of future income, so that the shareholders may enjoy a larger return. Is it acceptable for a government to raise taxes yet again to pay for essential services, while government ministers stay in hotel suites costing thousands of dollars per day and drink $16 glass orange juice, while cutting back on school nutrition programs. What about police departments that ignore street level drug dealers, operating in or next to the schools our children attend, claiming they are after the more important dealers who supply the suppliers, while yet thousands more children are enslaved to the drug trade everyday in the world. Is it ok if this happens in a poor neighborhood, but not a rich one in the same city?

Is it acceptable for billion dollar company to patent the human genome, which has been around for thousands of years, and was developed naturally, without any corporate involvement. Or for another corporation to control the patent for basic food stocks such as rice, corn or grains? Does a farmer have more right to water, than the person downstream who just wants enough to drink everyday?

The list of questions is endless, and we each need to examine our own views. After deciding what we think is right to the best of our knowledge, we need to be active in discussing these issues within our communities. Support politicians who want to see the basic standard of living raised for all, not just the richest 1%. When making purchases choose the most environmentally friendly option, for as I have stated before: “We don not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”.

There are wholesome actions that we can take that benefit all beings, or selfish unwholesome actions that benefit the few. Also consider the choices we make today will carry forward to our children, and their children.

So what are your values, and what are you doing to uphold those values, so all beings benefit?


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2 thoughts on “Times change Values don’t (conclusion)

  1. These are questions of values, ethics and personal integrity – questions we should ponder regularly for they become the framework within which we live. And you’re right Keith – much changes over time, but your value system ideally represent the one constant upon which to rely. Great post..

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