Our values define us. Or so we are often told. If that were true, then we can tell a lot about an organisation by the values that they aspire to live by. So I want to do a little experiment. It’s actually a repeat of a little experiment that my friend did on his Facebook page. He highlighted the fundamental values of a certain organisation and asked people what they thought of those tenets. But he did not say what organisation it is.
So this is what I would like you to do. Without knowing what organisation has these as its values, let me know what you think of them. And let me know if you would support an organisation that truly believes in these values.
The values are:
- Compassion and empathy. This organisation exhorts its members to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures but do so within the boundaries of reason.
- Justice. This organisation recognises that what is legal and institutionalised may not necessarily be just. They believe that it is necessary for us to always continue to struggle for justice.
- We alone should have control over our own body. This is something that must not be compromised.
- Respecting other people’s freedoms. This organisation believes we should even respect other peoples freedom to sometimes be offensive. But the moment we deliberately and unjustly encroach on another person’s freedom, we forgo our own claim to freedom.
- The primacy of scientific understanding. This organisation exhorts people to let their best scientific understanding of the world be the basis of their beliefs. We need to be mindful not to twist scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
- Correct our mistakes, fix any harm done. This organisation recognises that everyone makes mistakes. When we do make mistakes, it is our responsibility to correct them and fix any harm that was a result of our mistakes.
- Be noble in thought and action. The values of this organisation are meant to inspire people to be noble in thought and action. This organisation firmly believes that justice, wisdom, and compassion should prevail over anything that is written or spoken.
I have tried to paraphrase these “values”. In fact, the organisation doesn’t call them values at all. The organisation calls it by another name. The reason why I have paraphrased the “values” is because I hope it’ll make it more difficult for people to just google and find out what organisation have these as their fundamental “values”.
Let me know what you think of these values. Do you agree with them? Do you think that such an organisation would benefit society? Would you support such an organisation if its members truly live these values?
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