The values, which I have mentioned above, are those, which have helped me to groom therefore, I have been always trying to apply them. I always try to prioritize my personal ethical values, so that, I might not overlook them, however, I do agree with the fact, that many times intentionally I ignore them. I totally agree with the concept that values can be categorized into core, secondary and derived values.1 The core values do not change with time whereas the other may change. I believe that because of circumstances, the priority of my values set have been changing because of which I have ignored one value for the other. For example, to fulfill my responsibility towards my family, I have often overlooked honesty in my assigned academic work.
Since values can affect our decisions and actions, therefore, it is very important for us, as a society, to understand that our actions should be in line with our values. Whatever we profess to value and standard, our actions should reinforce them. Various people claim that family is their top value however; they give very little time to their families. Such claims bring discrepancies between our standards and actions. If we do not reinforce our standards by actions then we do not only lose our values and standards but also our identity. For example, value may vary based on culture such as Asians are considered more family oriented as compared to westerns. If family orientation is an important value for Asians, then ignorance to this value can bring the society to lose the identity of being family oriented society. Moreover, only speaking about standards and not reinforcing them through actions can reduce their significance thereby, enhancing compromises on principles and standards.
In my view, living a life based upon one’s ethics make the person popular rather than unpopular, however, one’s kinds of prioritized values do matter.