What are your core values? Let’s explore this idea, while learning about the mechanics of English.
What are my core values? It sounds like an easy question, doesn’t it? Do we value honesty? Of course. Do we value being nice? Sure. What about security? Yup, safety and security are important. What about freedom? Absolutely! Loyalty? Sounds good. Integrity? Also sounds good.
The thing about values is that they are all valuable. It is easy to value them all and think nothing more of it. But if we don’t take the time to know what we value most, what do we base our decisions on?
Let’s look at a few classic examples.
Your friend just got a new hair cut, and it’s horrible. He asks you what you think. Do you tell him the truth and risk hurting his feelings? Or do you decide to be nice and say something complementary? Or do you avoid the question and change the subject?
Your boss announces, yet again, that she wants you and your team to cancel your weekend plans to work on a project. No overtime. Do you prioritize your job security and work for free without complaint? Or do you tell her that your free-time is your own, and that you won’t sacrifice it? Or do you sacrifice your freedom, but do so angrily, because you value your freedom, but only so long as it comes risk-free?
Out shopping with a friend, you see that she has just put an expensive item in her bag in order to steal it. One option is to display your loyalty to her and say nothing. Another option is to preserve your integrity, and refuse to be a party to theft. What do you do?
Granted, life is way more complicated than this. There are a lot of factors to consider. But isn’t that all the more reason to know what you stand for, before you are faced with difficult choices?
This is the topic of our new English class. We will look at different points of view, clarify our own, individual core values, and learn some invaluable grammar along the way.
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Comment in the section below. We’d love to hear from you! What are your core values? What struggles did you face in arriving at your decision?