Human values are tools with which to build up our personality through growth, thoughts and feelings. They are inherent to the human being, both as individuals and as a whole and they enable us to feel powerful, happy and harmonious.
All through our life we choose and live up to certain values rather than others, and we carry them out according to our outlook on life, which makes us unique.
Both our upbringing and education are influenced by the choices of information we make, outlining our history, which will be one of a kind. Most human values are acquired and developed both conscious and unconsciously as we go along. Some, like love and enthusiasm are with us from the get go, whereas others, like respect, responsibility and honesty are acquired later on in life at the same time as our ability to learn, think and feel.
It´s important to understand that values have existed since before the appearance of human beings since not only people are susceptible of developing some of them. At times this is identified with religion, which can be a source of misunderstanding. Values are an integral part of human beings, irrespective of their religious beliefs should they have any at all. Each religion sets up their own doctrine and leans on certain values and then it is entirely up to the individual to choose whether they want to follow one way or another. Just by being born, we are entitled to embrace as many values as we please.
Nowadays we tend to gratuitously crucify some of our fellowmen. If you go with the flow and according to respectable society, you might be considered a good person. Such a concept is extremely hard to define, but we can use many of the human values as a springboard since they encapsulate behaviours, such as respect, tolerance, comradeship, solidarity, generosity, honesty, loyalty, equality, humility, responsibility and so on and so forth.
Others supply us with different characteristics, which also contribute to our personality and happiness and which, alongside the aforementioned can make us more sympathetic to certain people, their inclinations and likes. These are the values which have to do with feelings (love, gratitude, enthusiasm, humour and the like) and others related to our skills (bravery, compromise, optimism, creativity, determination, self-improvement, generosity and others).
Consequently, the general idea of a “good person” might be linked to the fulfilment of some or virtually all of the behavioural “concepts”. But we must go one step beyond and make up our mind as to which values we would like to embrace more specifically with all the drive we can possibly muster. Thus, we will have made up a sound criterion, meant to let us grow up in a conscious guise and also to help us choose our life companions. Those people should be exemplary and enable us to grow up exponentially, since our time on this bitter Earth is but finite.