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David Hegg | What’s Important: Please Value My Values

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By David Hegg

Just for fun I looked up the definition of “value” on my computer’s dictionary. After sifting through the various ways the word is used in the English language I came to the one that satisfied my quest. I had heard some media folks debating whether or not a political candidate should project his personal “values” into the public square.

The definition I found was this: value: a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life. If this definition can stand up to critical examination, and if the word really can be defined this way, then I submit that it is impossible for a candidate, or any of us, not to project our personal values into every arena of life. To do anything else would constitute grave hypocrisy at best and intentional deception at worst.

The problem with “values” is that their very existence demands that a choice be made by the individual. This means looking at all the possible “values” in a given area and deciding which is best, and thus, most important to hold to as a standard for life.

As an example, take the acquisition of money. There are two competing “values”........

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