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Importance of Values

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Values are guides for our behaviour.


It is significant to our life and the society in general.
It gives direction to our lives. Its value are clear and consistent.
Values tell us the importance of people. What things are desirable and
satisfying.
5. Values are principle by which individuals are guided on their proper
behaviour in a society.
6. Values have something to do with the total formation of a person.
7. Value mean whatever is actually prized, esteemed, desired, approved,
or enjoyed by anyone at a time.
8. Values allow the members of an organization to interact harmoniously.
Values affect their formation and development as individuals, and
make it easier to reach goals that would be impossible to achieve
individually.
9. Values is being itself or the richness of being in as much as it has
power to attract the cognitive and appetitive potentials of men.
10. Values refer to the major priorities that one chooses to act on.
11. Values are seen as growing from a persons experiences. It is,
therefore, expected that different experiences would give rise to
different values.

Process of Valuing
Louis Raths, et al. defined value or the process of valuing as having
seven aspects and made it clear that unless all the seven are present, then
what person has chosen is not a value.
Values possess criteria which can be divided into three categories:
CHOOSING, PRIZING, and ACTING. Hence:
C Choosing
1. To choose freely
2. To choose from alternatives
3. To choose alternatives after considering the consequences of such
alternatives.
P Prizing
4. To cherish and be happy with the choice
5. To be willing to affirm the choice publicly
A Acting
6. To actually do something about the choice
7. To act repeatedly to affirm the choice publicly.

In the area of choice, the value must be chosen freely and he person is
totally accountable for the choice he made. The choice must consider the
consequences of the alternative evident. Essential to the valuing process is
that the choice must be acted upon and should become part of the life of the
person. Finally, the person must be happy with the choice, a choice that
enhances the emotional and spiritual development of that individual.

Values, therefore, are major priorities that a person choses to act on,
that creatively enhances his life and the lives of those with whom he
associates. Our live are motivated and guided by values. In the words of hall,
all of life is worth living when we have sincerely commited ourselves top the
realization of our goals.

Fr. Jaime Bulatao, a Filipino psychologist in his article The Manileos


Mainspring, gave four large areas of values from the total field of values:
1. Emotional closeness and security in a family. In any society, the home always
provides love, understanding, acceptance, a place where, no matter how far
or how wrongly one has wandered he can always return. The Filipinos are
noted for manifesting close ties in the family. As many Filipinos would say,
There is no place like home.
2. The authority value. This may be defined as approval by the authority figure
and by society. A part of the Filipino tradition is that children may marry only
with the consent of parents; even when they elope, the parents are still
expected to work for reconciliation. Authority figures must be respected and
obeyed within the limits. Authority figures are feared and served with awe,
but sometimes are not really loved. One looks at authority figures for help in
obtaining a job and other benefits.
3. Economic and social betterment. This value often refers to a desire to raise
the standard of living of ones family, or of ones hometown. Often it is
repayment of ones debt of gratitude to parents and relatives.
4. Patience, suffering, and endurance. This value has been fused with the
religious value since it seems that God is called upon when other means fail.
It is associated with women more than with men.