Values Auction Essay

A value is a belief a mission or a philosophy that is meaningful, weather we are consciously aware of them or not. During the value action my top tree values where wisdom, happiness and self respect. As a class the their where 8 values bought for 2000 dollars each, which happiness was one of them. Personally I was surprised that wisdom and self respect weren’t one of the top value list as a class. My personal value starts with happiness. Undoubtedly, happiness is the most important part in our lives. But if you ask different individuals what is happiness, there are absolutely a wide variety of answers you would hear.

It is difficult to define happiness because it means different things to different people. Happiness to me is the state of consciousness which proceed from the achievement of one’s values. Basically to be happy all personal values must be met. I also think that happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. I don’t think life is possible without happiness. “The road to success is not straight. There is a curb called Failure, a loop called Confusion; speed bumps called Friends; red lights called Enemies; caution lights called Family.

You will have flats called jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination; an engine called Perseverance; insurance called Faith, and a driver called God, you will make it to a place called Success!! ” to me wisdom is summarized in to this quote. Wisdom means an inner knowing and being willing to learn and not be stubborn about it. Wisdom is the ability to extract the good and the ability to act with integrity even if all around you is not reflecting the values that you hold dear to your heart. To obtain wisdom one must have good judgment, pure confidence, and knowledge.

When a person has obtained these three traits then and only then, will a person experience true wisdom. Even though these three traits seem to be easily obtainable most people will never truly experience wisdom. Lastly Self-respect is essential to every human being. When a person is born, throughout his life he develops a certain degree of self-respect for himself. No one can teach him self-respect. Self-respect comes from within a person. He has to learn it for himself. Alfred Whitney Griswold put it best when he said, “Self respect cannot be hunted.

It cannot be bought. It is not for sale. It can never be fabricated out of public relations. It comes to us when we are alone, in quiet moments, in quiet places, when we suddenly realize that, knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the beautiful, we have served it; knowing the truth, we have spoken it. ” If a person does not have any self-respect they cannot make any decisions for themselves. They will people pushed into situations they either do or don’t want to do. People will also take advantage of them and eventually that person will end up being cheated.

In life a person needs to develop a sense of self-respect for themselves in order to make decisions and be able to survive in this world. In concluding my essay, I have learned tree important things from the value activity. First thing that I learnt is that I have many values, which made it hard to choose my top tree. Furthermore I was surprised that people spent all their money on values like pleasure and a comfortable life, which irritated me; it taught me that everyone has different values and that I should be accepting. last but not list the activity really got me thinking about my personal value.