Alternatively, values seem simple: everyone knows what values are and confirms this by defining them via an example e.g. "a value is sustainability". But that leads to confusion and serious misunderstandings. An example is not what is being exemplified. In this example: why is sustainability a value? could there be times and places when sustainability is not a value.
There is also a widespread tendency, common in academia and the popular press, to espouse dualistic categorizations: abstract v specific, practical v spiritual, high-level v low-level, ethical v non-ethical. (For, the tendency is even more confusing: purposes v goals, goals v objectives, purposes v objectives.) This gives the feeling of understanding without the substance.
Ais the importance of something to someone in a social context based on inner feelings. have certain invariable and easily recognizable properties.
|L||Purpose||Characteristic Quality||Orientation to Good(ness)||Orientation to Bad(ness)|
|7||Ultimate valueA universally accepted and eternally pursued state of being.||is an inner experience.||Generator
|6||Value SystemInterlinked-valued ideas ordering understanding within a social domain.||is a deep belief.||Rationale
|Rationale for badness|
|5||Social ValueA freely shared need-based value serving a specific community.||is a personal need.||Potential
|4||Principal ObjectAn activity defining the identity of an endeavour.||is the core activity.||Achievable
|3||Internal PriorityA degree of emphasis among valid values or actions for immediate use.||is a brute assertion.||Preferred
|2||Strategic ObjectiveA desired and feasible outcome which maximizes impact.||is a desired outcome.||Actual
|1||Tactical ObjectiveA precise tangible time-targeted result which is a step to a desired outcome.||is a pure means.||Means
to make goods
to make bads
Note that all forms of good and , but the quality of that good (or ) varies. The highest two are abstract: and . When people and organizations focus on the concrete, they take these categories for granted. Specifications typically focus on i.e. what all agree is needed in their community, and this becomes the basis for producing .are about
The energy of the goodness). There is no reason to suppose that -energy possesses a valence independently of the that are in play.is concentrated in and differentiated in accord with the form of value. carry energy, best described as (and referred to here as
|L||Form of Value||Energy Type||Group Control|
THEE.are the essential tool of humanity, and clarity is immensely beneficial. That is why it was the first focus of major inquiry around 1985—before I knew about
However, there is one other matter that is peripheral but important for balance. As already noted in relation to holding ideals, although are aspects of goodness and carry goodness, their effect is not necessarily good in human terms within a particular .
How can this be?
The reason is that choices within the shown here) determine which specific receive most social support.(
Within the social order of any society,are mostly found combined with lower level values. Such binding results in impurities in the . (You can compare this to the way that a molecule can have properties very different from those of its constituent chemical elements.)
The actual imperfect results we see all about us can also be perceived emerging dynamically within the enlightenment in the channel, and illumination in the the channel. However, there is also illusion in the channel., shown at right. There is
Note that the exhortation and instruction. also generate activities of all sorts to demonstrate and propagate their worth. Nevertheless they are partial, focusing more on some and downplaying or neglecting others: e.g. illuminating doctrines developed to enable freedom may say little about obedience; valuable doctrines of beauty may neglect justice.and , that govern activities (i.e. ) in a society, have no direct input from , and are therefore at the mercy of and via channels of
These impurities, intrinsic to social orders, are not to be viewed as a criticism, but rather reveal how our humanness is constructed.
The energies in play here are intense. Enemies can be created almost by default. A good person can get hurt. A country can get devastated. No society is yet mature enough to confront the ultimate horror of war: so we have war on drugs, war on poverty, war on terror, war on crime—all happening alongside wars on neighbours near and far.
The point is that no social institution can itself sustain goodness. Goodness is and must be a personal matter. So the only remedy is for every person to become aware of the distorting power of necessary and the redemptive power of always available . Then use this framework to produce and sustain goodness in general. You will benefit—that's a given.
Read on to see exactly what you can do.
Originally posted: 29-Mar-2013