Life Values

Values are beliefs of a person or social group n which they have an emotional investment. They are many different values that people have and they all tend to have different opinions on them. I feel that having values in life is such an important thing. I believe that having values, beliefs, and principles in life are all tied together in helping face life’s challenges and reaching happiness. My top three values I believe in are establishing relationships with others, valuing one’s self, and living your life being honset.

My personal values start with establishing relationships. It is something I truly value. Relationships are the way in which two or more people are connected. The relationships that we make in life all seem easy to forge but they are always hard to maintain. I feel like having relationships with people throughout your life is key to reaching happiness. It brings a great feeling knowing that there are people out there in your life that truly do care about you. It is a nice to know that there will be someone there to pick you back up when you need it. Finding those loving relationship with people is something that Jane faced in her life in the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. She never truly had the relationship with someone who truly cared. However she reached her happiness when she finally did get that relationship when she found her long lost family members. This is only one example of many more which show how establishing relationships with others is key to happiness. I can say that within this year of my life the relationships I made with people is something I will cherish for the rest of life. I may never see majority of these people again but I am happy that I got to know them. They were there for me when I was in time of need and my friends will always know how to show me a good time. Without these relationships, I know for a fact I would be less happy with my life.

Self-respect is another very important value in my life. You have to believe in yourself and accept yourself anyway that you are no matter how not as attractive, over-weight, or anything else you do not like about yourself. All these things do not matter, it is whats on the inside that does. If a person does not have self-respect then they cannot make any decisions for themselves. This relates to the narrator in the novel The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. He was struggling to find his way and he only focused on living his life based on the opinions of others. He never thought about his own self and his dreams he wanted to achieve. That is a clear example of someone not having any self-respect. I always like to keep in mind that this life is mine and not anyone elses. I go about my life proving to myself what I am able to achieve and so much more. I like to set goals and go way beyond them. This makes me happy knowing that I can do so much better than what I orignally thought.

Lasly, I feel that honesty is one of the most treasured values to a human being. Living life honestly means being open and showing one’s true self to others. Honesty is important in life because it acts as glue olding people together. Not only does honesty do that, but it also helps you exel in life and conquer problems. In the novel Snow Falling on Cedar Rapids by David Guterson, Kabuyo was able to conquer his problem of pleading not guilty because he was totally honest the whole time. He got to go back to his life with family and he got his happily ever after. This shows how being honest can lead to you being happy in life. In every situation that life puts me through I try to always be as honest as possible. I always keep in mind the saying ” what goes around comes around.” It keeps me on check that if lie to someone then in the long run it is going to bite me back in the ass. That is why I do not like lying at all. It is not a good thing to do at all. However, when you are honest, good things tend to happen to me. That is why I value being honest in life.

In conclusion, by living life establishing relationships with others, having self-respect, and being honest, a person will find that life is more meaningful and enriched. These are my values which I feel are intertwined together in helping me reach my happiness is life. Having that relationship with someone or people helped me to realize that there truly are people out there who care about you and your successes. Valuing self-respect allows you to constantly thrive for better in your life and never settle for less. Being honest just helps you in many different ways. It just makes your life better overall. You never have anything to hide. There is such a larger variety of values to live by but these are my main three.

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The Value of Life

Human life is one of the few natural rights in life that cannot be valued by wealth, or taken in for exchange by any tangible object. Human life is precious and fragile and should be treated as such. Each person’s individuality and capability is a prime factor that exemplifies the need humans have to be valued, all life is equivalent, but should be equal in the highest plausible factors. Human life cannot simply be put with a price, for each life is valued at a price that is not external to another, therefore; the value I place on a loved one would vary astronomically to the price value one would insinuate on that very person. Human life can not be placed at any monetary value, it can be inferred that the greed for money has played a large role in the events that have taken place, leading one to suspect that it is not the loved one people are concerned about, but rather the money they can receive for their loved one. People are now being brainwashed into believing that they should receive financial compensation for their losses.

In a recent novel, Lance Armstrong delves into his painful past and the challenges he was forced to overcome and how these obstacles and overcoming them shaped him into the person he is today and gave him a new, optimistic view on life and the value it has. Armstrong now claims that life is a precious gift and should be treated as such; in a excerpt from the novel Armstrong shares a painful memory, “When I was twenty-five, I got testicular cancer and nearly dies. I was given less then a forty percent chance of surving, and frankly, some of my doctors were just being kind when they gave me those odds” (Armstrong1). Prior to this life changing experience Armstrong thrived on living life to the ‘fullest’ and not quite taking the time to appreciate the blessing that were in his life every single day. After Armstrong’s life changing battle, and overcoming what was once said to be unbeatable, a new view on life was projected. Armstrong began to realize how precious life actually is and how flawed his theory on life was prior to the incident. Armstrong’s view on life after his near death experience directly coincides with my perspective. Lance Armstrong exemplifies his opinion through experience. his value on life was determined through his near death experience which caused him to realize how valuable life is, Armstrong and I can both agree on our claims which directly coincide with one another. Amanda Ripley exemplifies her opinion on the demeanor in which life should be valued through her constant antagonistic views on the way life was valued after the tragic nine eleven incident. by reading Ripley’s article one can infer that Ripley values life equally and was distraught after learning of the price values placed on precious lives. Although it was not clearly stated in the article, Ripley does not agree that twenty five hundred dollars is enough to sufficiently compensate for the lives lost, nor should it be considered and acceptable form of payment. Ripley assigns value to human life by the emotional attachment people had to one another rather than the money one had, how how much one should be given after a loved one has passed away to make up for the fact that they passed away and the fact that they will no longer be around. Human life is one of the few natural rights in life that cannot be valued by wealth, or taken in for exchange by any tangible object. Human life is precious and fragile and should be treated as such. Each person’s individuality and capability is a prime factor that exemplifies the need humans have to be valued, all life is equivalent, but should be equal in the highest plausible factors. Human life cannot simply be put with a price, for each life is valued at a price that is not external to another, therefore; the value I place on a loved one would vary astronomically to the price value one would insinuate on that very person. Human life can not be placed at any monetary value, it can be inferred that the greed for money has played a large role in the events that have taken place, leading one to suspect that it is not the loved one people are concerned about, but rather the money they can receive for their loved one. People are now being brainwashed into believing that they should receive financial compensation for their losses.

In a recent novel, Lance Armstrong delves into his painful past and the challenges he was forced to overcome and how these obstacles and overcoming them shaped him into the person he is today and gave him a new, optimistic view on life and the value it has. Armstrong now claims that life is a precious gift and should be treated as such; in a excerpt from the novel Armstrong shares a painful memory, “When I was twenty-five, I got testicular cancer and nearly dies. I was given less then a forty percent chance of surving, and frankly, some of my doctors were just being kind when they gave me those odds” (Armstrong1). Prior to this life changing experience Armstrong thrived on living life to the ‘fullest’ and not quite taking the time to appreciate the blessing that were in his life every single day. After Armstrong’s life changing battle, and overcoming what was once said to be unbeatable, a new view on life was projected. Armstrong began to realize how precious life actually is and how flawed his theory on life was prior to the incident. Armstrong’s view on life after his near death experience directly coincides with my perspective. Lance Armstrong exemplifies his opinion through experience. his value on life was determined through his near death experience which caused him to realize how valuable life is, Armstrong and I can both agree on our claims which directly coincide with one another. Amanda Ripley exemplifies her opinion on the demeanor in which life should be valued through her constant antagonistic views on the way life was valued after the tragic nine eleven incident. by reading Ripley’s article one can infer that Ripley values life equally and was distraught after learning of the price values placed on precious lives. Although it was not clearly stated in the article, Ripley does not agree that twenty five hundred dollars is enough to sufficiently compensate for the lives lost, nor should it be considered and acceptable form of payment. Ripley assigns value to human life by the emotional attachment people had to one another rather than the money one had, how how much one should be given after a loved one has passed away to make up for the fact that they passed away and the fact that they will no longer be around.

Human Life

The value of human life is still a mystery and we as a society is still trying to figure it out. During early times, life was not valued at all; people were being turned into slaves and treated like nothing. In today’s world many would base the value of life by our achievements, one’s past, or the salary one receives. This shouldn’t be the way we value one’s life. We as a society cannot assign a value on ones life. In today’s society, it can be said that we have taken the value of life to another level. The government gives money to families who have lost a loved one, but the amount of money given has been decided in various ways. The amount of money given to each family is based on who they were, how they died, and on their personal backgrounds. Wouldn’t you think it would only be right to give each family the same amount of money and help regardless of differences? It would make sense because the Declaration of Independence specifically states, “all men are created equal’. With that said, shouldn’t we have equal life values? In Amanda Ripley’s article, “What is a Life Worth” she asks the question, “Is a poor man’s life worth less than a rich man’s?” (Ripley, 13). There is no definitive answer to this question but our society has placed a dollar amount on every life. However, I think the value of a person’s life should be determined by how happy we are, and the experiences they have. Our society has its priorities in the wrong order.   People today think that professional athletes, singers, and actors are “worth more” than people who have good hearts, who do not make as much money.   If money cannot buy happiness then how do we, as a society, put very large price-tags on celebrities who live miserable lives and only pretend to be happy when there’s a camera pointed in their direction? Our government has set up a specific formula on how much money a life is worth when there is an accident and someone is killed. There are charts made up to determine how much money each family will receive. “The charts, while functional, are brutal, crystallizing how readily the legal system commodifies life” (Ripley. 58). In Amanda’s quote can also be an additional example on how society values us differently. These charts used by the government can also be known as, “The Human Life Calculator”. These calculators base how much each family and or person is worth. The amount is determined by age, gender, annual wages, spouse background, children. With that said, everybody’s life is different, and therefore, of different value. Some people are successful and are motivated to live their lives to the fullest and to enrich the lives of those around them. Other people simply idle away their lives and do not care what comes of it. It is not society’s job to “assign” a value to a human life because it comes down to each individual person. I would consider someone to be valuable if they changed your life significantly for the better.  As the government uses charts to determine human value, Hamlet uses experiences, personal emotions and thinks about what others may go through as well. In Hamlet’s Soliloquy, Shakespeare strikes the reader with a fundamental human concern of the validity and worthiness of life. He talks about whether it is easier for us to simply enter a never-ending sleep also known as death, or find ourselves facing the daunting problems of life, or face the obstacles that life throws at us. Hamlet states, “Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer….Or to take arms against a sea of troubles” (2-4). Hamlet expresses his fear of death when he claims that he fears, “the dread of something after death….” (Shakespeare. 23). Hamlet suggests that he has difficulty with suicide because it goes against his moral standings. Hamlets fear of death can connect to many people today. The fear of death can connect to the thought of what will happen to there family after their death. Will they be financially stable? Will they be able to survive with out them? Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” (1) connects to the choices many humans may ask them selves. It is there own personal choice to be something valuable, or not at all. When you think about death, or becoming something valuable Lance Armstrong should he someone to think of. In his book “It’s Not About The Bike : My Journey Back To Life”, he helps you understand it’s not about winning a bike race, or anything else you may be involved in that is important, but that it is a matter of winning at Life. Lance through his battle was not only worried for himself, but for his sponsors and people he would let down. In Lance’s determination to not succumb to the cancer or not continue his riding, he was able to overcome many obstacles. In Lance’s book he implied, “The truth is that cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me” (Armstrong, 17). It may sound questionable to ask why he thought that but it could have been that it made his life “Worth More”. It can now be worth more knowing he overcame death. Everyone has their own endeavor. It depends on how they handle, how they overcome each situation and how they will face each circumstance that made their endeavor meaningful. If someone love’s life, and or cares about it, many would say there life is “Valuable. In society today many would have the choice to agree/disagree that a person can be worth more than another, simply because the statement located in the Declaration of Independence, “All men are created equal”. It is good to help families after death, but in the same ways. Along with not basing it differently because or who they are, class or reason of death, but because every human life is equally valuable.