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Values: The Beating Heart of Behavior

Posted on 2012.06.28 at 00:00


slchurchman at 2012-06-28 13:18 (UTC) (Link)
An intriguing essay! In reading how ones world view ultimately shapes behavior through beliefs and values, I'm reminded of a long running controversy in my mind found in two “world views”. The first view is the Judeo-Christian view that one's actions and well being are wholly dependent on a supreme being. “I'll pray and God will tell me what to do.” Or “Life has turned out well only due to the grace of God.” In other words, no personal responsibility is taken. If good or bad things happen to me, it basically is all God's doing and I do not have to take personal responsibility.

The contrasting view may be labeled the Humanist view which embraces human reason, ethics and social justice while specifically rejecting religious dogma, supernaturalism, psuedo science or superstition as a basis for morality and decision-making. (Wikipedia) In this world view, one's behaviors stem from the belief and values associated with pure reason.

And yet, both may present similar behaviors such as helping the downtrodden. Outwardly the end result seems the same. Yet one takes no responsibility (It's God's will that I do this) and the other owns their action.

You've given me much to mull over.
ehowton at 2012-06-28 13:35 (UTC) (Link)
He moves in mysterious ways.
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