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Hierarchy of Human Values Systems
Our values are not what we believe in. Beliefs are simply what we trust as being true. Values, however, are what absolutely are important to us. This hub advances to show that most of us belong more or less exactly to one particular framework of values, our values system, at any particular moment in time. And as time progresses our values system will change entirely. In each person there is a spiral progression as they shift values, so find out where you are on this spiral at the moment.
Any significant personal event may shift our values system, just as familiy life (eating dinner around the table, parents living an active social life), religion (being Christian, believing in the supremacy of sheer power), education, media, etc do. And each shift is a response, because human behavior is geared for adaptation by nature. This single quality is responsible for putting us on the spiral of progression.
If at the moment it is hard to grasp what I mean, ask yourself: If some of your past problems are not there any more, is it more because you've solved them or rather because your personality has so evolved that they don't constitute a problem any more?
Values System I - Survival
The most basic values system is survival placed as the centerpiece of your life. It's a characteristic of street people who find that it is hard to survive so the get together in bands.
Their central value and the driving-force behind their actions is survival. They care about noone but themselves.
Values System II - The Tribe
Tribal values system, like that of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, expresses itself in its purest for when young, aimless people come together under the wings of a common leader whose words constitute law in their eyes. This same values system applies to the precursors of these groups too. They were the Hashashin of the Middle Ages, a group that we know today as the Assassin, the same kind of saboteurs and terrorists as the Taliban are. Their leader's word is unquestionable and it is in most cases the word of their God.
Values System III - Aggression
Aggressive values system stands for the next step on the spiral of progression. A person holding these values is completely alone. He can't trust or rely on anyone.
Only the strongest survive so he has to be the strongest. He is the archetype of Rambo standing up for himself in front of the leader of the tribe.
Values System IV - The Old Way
But as Rambos get older they have to realize they can't maintain their power as the strongest person in the tribe, because new young ones arrived who are just like he was back then. They are here to claim his throne. Therefore Rambo changes his name and starts creating rules and regulations to keep the new ones at bay. He creates what is called 'The Only Way System', the Company lead by one person whose rules are law to which everyone under the protective wings of the Company have to conform. The rules sometimes possess a religious characteristic and a sect is born. If the members obey the laws, they can live the thriving but empty life of a conformist.
Values System V - Tyranny
Living a good life in the material world they find that something is missing. They also start to stand up for themselves in the quest for fire, because they want to control their own lives. Under the pressure of the system they return to selfishness on a higher level of the spiral. They don't just want to make their stand in life any more, as this has already been satisfied. They want to get extremely rich. Bill Gates comes to mind here who established his own company in pursuit of control and domination. Gates is known for being an extremely focused individual who shows no interest in the free will of others and people wishing to work for him must conform to this and make their own submissive stand.
Values System VI - Consensus
Even Bill Gates changes. Having achieved everything one could think of, people start to crave something else, the only thing they don't have: a politically correct system. Remember, people always want more and there is no end to this. This is how generously giving away to others becomes a selfish act aimed exclusively at satisfying a need still unsated. A politically correct system is where people care for each other's opinions. They don't do anything until they've not reached a consensus on it. They may not produce result in each case but they feel good.
Values System VII - Competency
The following stage is the best-person system when people get bored with being unable to get anything constructive done and whatever works becomes good for them. Consensus is not so important any more as the necessity to put the most competent person in charge. The best suited for the job should be in charge. This is the cult of professionalism where result is the ultimate goal.
Values System VIII - Global Living Organism
This situation, however, leads to a state in the individual where they start to miss connectedness. When result was raised to the pedestal, caring for each other was somehow sacrificed. The 8th values system is sometimes called 'Global Living Organism' in which the planet is regarded as a living orgasm on which everything is interconnected. We need to look at the price of results an what sacrifices our achievements require from others.
Values systems 1, 3, 5, 7 are self-centered systems where the individual is most important and the focus is on control and power. Values systems 2, 4, 6, 8 are community-oriented systems where each person is important.
(When I rumble about moneymaking (result) being the most important thing on Hubpages, it's really an expression of hope that in reality this is not so and that hubbers care for each other more than for the result. Values system 8th is about the result and the community together with the emphasis on the community.)
Let's take a look at how people holding different values systems see their world:
1th - the state of nature
2nd - a mysterious and frightening place
3rd - the world is a rough place
4th - the world is divinely controlled and guilt driven
5th - the world is full of opportunities, it's all for the money and power
6th - everyone's got to be equal
7th - complex system at the risk of collapse
8th - a resurgence of 2nd on a higher level of consciousness
Why we do what we do:
It's a great idea, because...
1st - I feel so.
2nd - our honoured chieftain says so.
3rd - it suits me well in this situation.
4th - it conforms to the rule of law, it's duty.
5th - it suits my plans and objectives.
6th - everybody agrees on it.
7th - it's functional.
8th - the living orgasm ultimately benefits.
So, I repeat the question: can you determine where you are on the spiral of progression? Do you think you have a typical values system or are you inbetween two?
This hub is already too long but if there is a request in a comment here so that I may see it, there cold be a second part involving typical relationship patterns among people of different values systems (which systems like to date or marry each other and why), and how the transition occures from one system to the next. Thanks for reading.