What do you think is most important for practicing social values and why?
As a teacher of public school children retired...I find that demonstrating appropriate values like truth, honesty, integrity, concern, and social graces may in some cases be the only place a child gets it. Elders of your family in most cases taught it, but as families drifted apart or for some no family in the home, then you can see the nature of teaching these values and using them in everyday life skills. Those that never have had it practiced or used in front of them will never see how it is to have them. We learn and do by example. Now I hear my own children tell me that I raised them with values. That means they picked up on what I did and how I raised them to be.
Do not expect payment or something in return for good deeds Helping others should be done out of the goodness of one's heart. ^_^
I would suggest respect is the very first thing, and the commitment to do no harm is the second. In a secular context, these can be presented as fundamental principles of rationalism, or, holistically, as evolutionary success being fitting into a larger context of social ecology and life.
The same principle is present in all religions: The commitment to do no harm can be taught as the Golden Rule (do unto others as you would want to be done to; do not do unto others wants you would not want to be done to) (Christian, Jewish, Muslim), or as Christian love (agape), or as spiritual unconditional love (ahimsa, non-harm) from the Hindu and Buddhist tradition. It is also found in all indigenous traditions (such as native American traditions of the Great Spirit and the Hawaiian Ho'opoponopono).
Respect and the intent to do no harm results in tolerance and so much more!
Developing empathy. Social values should reflect desire not to have a negative impact on others. Everything from burping to wearing to heavy of perfume to pushing to the front are things that impact others.
Respect and appreciation of diversity are very important to acting in accord with good social values. So it is critical to develop skills about knowing how your actions effect others. If a person can sleep through all noises, and does not know that others cannot, then he may be loud when another is sleeping, not meaning to disrespect just not knowing better.
So in teaching values to each other, our first order of business is to explain ourselves rather that just issuing commands and demands. Therefor the student can learn why he needs to be quiet at certain times.
And this is critical: by teaching and explaining to another we are showing them the respect that they deserve and the circle is complete as they do that to others.
The act of learning, rather than the assertion of knowing.............
To always try to follow you heart and conscience and don't be swayed by adverse public opinions. We all know in our hearts what is right and what is wrong, but the most important contribution to society and social values, that we can make as individuals, is to never deliberately harm another person based on your own belief system. You might just be wrong in your opinions and the harm that we do to others is almost impossible to undo.
Attacking anyone because they are different than we are is one of the greatest crimes against others, and against society, that we can commit. We have to realize that what we believe is 'immoral' , ''improper'', or ''distasteful'', in one person's mind may not be to others.
I can't think of "one" specific thing: I think social values begin with empathy. A regard for human life as well as allowing others to occupy their space and fulfill their time on this planet. I find it hard to do so myself at times trapped in my own dialogue of past grievances, present life and future possibilities.
Perhaps along with empathy is the practice of patience.
I believe as some of the others have stated about empathy. Empathy is the ability to put yourself in place of other people and feel what they are feeling. Empathy makes one think about how their actions are affecting others before they act and after they act. As a result of empathy, it makes people responsible for their actions.
I was a technical writer and instructor for many years and I found that if I put myself in the place of my students, I could be much more successful at my job. I found that many programmers try to impress other programmers when writing instructions for lay people instead of putting themselves in the place of the user.
If more people were empathetic, I think there would be more peace in the world. To me, that's how important it is to teach children empathy.
People need to be taught morals and to have a strong backbone for when pop culture intrudes into their lives. My 8th grade teacher never had to say a word. All along the top of his classroom wall like a strip of wallpaper were sayings such as 'If you lie down with dogs, you will rise up with fleas.' 'Practice makes perfect.' 'Haste makes waste.' They weren't the touch-feely sayings of today but were practical, everyday lessons of life.
Social values is a relative term if you ask me.
First, find something that really needs to be addressed, like poor education, manipulation of underprivileged individuals, or other such social issues.
Second, do not presume to know everything. No one knows everything. Do your research.
Third, if anyone is harmed or negatively affected then it is not social change.
So, that is to say if you want to go into a community and show them how to grow a garden, first know if they want it, then know how to do it, and do not take the seeds from someone else to make it happen.
I think it is important to establish good trust. At a young age, we learn we can lie or tell the truth and others can do the same. Depending on where or how you were raised, your trust levels can conflict with your daily life. Technology has made it easier for men and women to cheat on each other, children & young adults to cheat in school, and everyone in general to cheat life. If trust is not established at a young age, children become paranoid adults, never fully trusting anyone (including themselves), which in turn can lead to them not believing in much of anything (spiritually) at all nor believing in themselves in general. It causes low self esteem, lack of interest and poor relationships.
Learning to be thankful & grateful is also important. Many children and young adults are not thankful or grateful for much of anything anymore & I believe that has to do with the school system, parents & the media. If you can not learn to be thankful who you are or what you have, you will never truly be happy nor will you have the self confidence & lack of fear to live life fully, respectfully and rationally. So few can admire the little things in life and find joy anymore. It seems more & more people are all about money and having the best objects, rather then wanting to live a peaceful and love filled life.
Respect. If everyone and everything had respect for everyone and everything, all things would be far better. People wouldn't litter the streets; animals wouldn't be dumped once the vet bills start to roll in; children wouldn't bully other children; our powers at the helm would tell the truth and run our countries with honesty rather than rule by power and... heavens I could go on and on...
Always showing respect for ourselves; others; our animals and our countries would make the world a wonderful place.
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