An exercise in judging values

Following is an example of an exercise which I designed when introducing prisoners to how our values are subject to our judgement. Of course, learning to weigh and compare the value/importance of things is useful to anyone, not only prisoners, so I have included the exercise here:

An exercise in judging values:

Compare the items on the following list and place them in an order from highest to lowest value, that is, in their order of importance to yourself according to your own judgement.

Put that which you consider of highest value or most important at the top of the list and that which you consider to be of least value at the bottom of the list.

You may notice that some things may tend to occupy the same position, as if they are of equal value, or that some things are of different value on different occasions or under different circumstances. There is no right or wrong order; this is just an exercise in weighing up the importance of things to our self, an exercise in learning to judge values.

 

Room to think                                                          ……………………………………

Being able to fight                                                    …………………………………….

Learning                                                                   …………………………………….

Honesty                                                                    …………………………………….

Physical strength                                                      …………………………………….

Chocolate                                                                 …………………………………….

Feeling good                                                             …………………………………….

Good health                                                              …………………………………….

Manners                                                                    …………………………………….

Beer                                                                          …………………………………….

Music                                                                         …………………………………….

Goodwill                                                                     …………………………………….

Humour                                                                      ……………………………………

Intelligence                                                                 …………………………………….

Friends                                                                       …………………………………….

Nice clothes                                                               …………………………………….

The weather                                                               …………………………………….

Your wrist watch                                                        …………………………………….

Open-mindedness                                                     …………………………………….

Sex                                                                            …………………………………….

The table                                                                   …………………………………….

Shoes                                                                        …………………………………….

A particular friend                                                      ……………………………………

Being wealthy                                                            …………………………………….

Truth                                                                          …………………………………….

Family                                                                        …………………………………….

 

A further exercise in judging values:

Now have a think about some of the things you value most, select about a dozen of your highest values and write them down. They may be a mixture of tangible and material things and concepts and ideals – they are whatever is important to you. After writing them down, compare one to another and weigh their respective importance to you and arrange them in order of value from highest to least highest.

The aim of this exercise is to establish what is of most value/importance to you, and list the others in descending order.

 

 

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10 Responses to An exercise in judging values

  1. Betsi M says:

    Hi, are these valuations as we are and as they apply to our current aging and staging of life — or as how we wish we are given the best understandings we’ve ever had?
    For example family now is more important than when I was young and out discovering the world. Or table–I really need tables to live as I want but since I have tables I don’t value more, so it’s near the bottom? (Where am I in all this?)

  2. crossbow says:

    You are ahead of me again Betsi.
    We have our ideal values – those which when we think about it with our best judgment we consider them the most important; and we have our operative values – those which we actually function by, which are ingrained, and which dictate the automatic and reflexive reactions of our thinking and behaviour when we are not functioning ideally. Our personality is in progress of moving from our ingrained values of the past, towards our more ideal values of the present, which may become our future ingrained values. The exercises above are intended to prompt one to assess one’s ideal values, for most people consider or like to consider their ideal values to be their operative values. We therefore, if we are self-honest and insightful enough, might be able to construct two lists, one list of our ideal values, and one of our operative values by which we reflexively function.

    The “I” is the part of us doing the assessing – the evaluating. We are the evaluator.

  3. John Mondoe says:

    Great exercises and posts! I also find it helpful to ponder and be aware: which of the operative values are adopted values. When did the values(s) get adopted? How and and why were they adopted? Some might be useful additions, coming from an angle one was previously unaware of. Some might be conformity tinted values, which can lead to living the lives of others due to real or imaginary external expectations.

    • crossbow says:

      Yes, our values may have many origins, from reflexive to deliberate and anywhere in between and other. We are conscious of our ideal values but they may not yet be fully operative and driving the personality; and we may be unconscious of the operative values that actually are driving our personality.
      Keep pondering.

      • John Mondoe says:

        Have been pondering about some similarities. Values -> conscience is the highest sense within our self of what is good and right to do -> crown chakra.

        • crossbow says:

          Yes, the conscience is within the crown centre. Physically the crown centre is at the top of the head and a little to the rear, where in most people the hair splays out; it is also at the pineal gland; or rather, these are two physical correspondences/imprints/proximities to where the crown centre is, for actually the crown centre/conscience is within the consciousness, backward and upward at the inner upper pinnacle, that is, it is found by turning inward and going to the centre of the consciousness/soul and then upward – following the inward arrow within and then upward. The values though, surround the consciousness, as a skin, and are located at the base of the outward pointing arrow. And so from this description values and conscience are in different locations, even found by going in seeming different directions, and yet yes they seem to be aligned, in the same direction, even seem to be the same things – because it is a matter of one’s viewing location and angle of view and of understanding the mechanism by which the soul intermeshes with and animates the personality layers. But in the posts I am so far still dealing with the personality and have not yet detailed the soul and how it intermeshes with and animates the personality layers, but I intend to, and in the meantime I hope some readers through self exploration and quiet pondering and contemplation get there before I get to write it down.

  4. Betsi M says:

    Thank you, crossbow. The two lists sounds like the answer for me.

  5. Sam says:

    What about what the chakras do and how do you learn what they do? Is there a good site that teaches them?

    • crossbow says:

      The chakras are places of intermeshment between the soul and the personality, with each centre dealing with specific type of energies.
      Is there a good site that teaches about the chakras? I don’t know; I haven’t looked. Do a search and see what you find. And perhaps someone else can recommend a website for you too.
      The workings of the centres are detailed in the scriptures of Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity to the extent required for each religion.
      And I intend to describe their workings on this site too.

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