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Q. What are the values of this world? A. Love and pursuit of the following: Pleasure, Power, Position, Wealth, Fame, Worldly Success, etc.. Things that will elevate you above people around you, make you better than they. Things of a selfish nature, things giving pleasure or benefit to self. These are "false values". Q. What are the "true values"? A. Love and pursuit of the following: - Meekness (a sweet and gentle disposition) - Kindness, thoughtfulness and compassion for our neighbor (love for our neighbor) - Forgiveness - Humility - Morality (chastity; repudiation of indecency, lust, and immorality --love of the clean and wholesome) - Honesty - Justice - Patience - Wisdom - Fear of God (fear of the consequences of straying from his holy principles; reverence for him and his principles) - Love of God - Faith - Temperance - Peaceableness The values of this world are false values. When we pursue them we find them to be mirages. On attainment they are found to be empty. They don't give true happiness and satisfaction. True happiness and satisfaction comes from within. It comes from having the "true values" --- the ones God has commanded us to follow. When a man abandons these "true values" the result is unhappiness, confusion, frustration and emotional problems. Our values determine how we look at other people --- how we appraise them and judge them. Do we look at how successful a person is? How much ability, wealth or education he has? Or do we look at how honest, moral, kind and good he is? What impresses us? What do we value? What do we count as merit and how heavily do we weigh it? Do we rank the person with Ability higher than the one with Goodness? If we do our values are far askew. For in God's eyes Ability counts as "0" and Goodness counts as "100". And as we see other people so we see ourselves; the way we appraise and judge them, we also appraise and judge ourselves. Which all determines how much esteem we have for ourselves. If we count Ability or Success very heavily and count Goodness very little (or not at all) we are apt to become very critical of ourselves, start noticing all our weaknesses and inabilities, and develop an Inferiority Complex. Thus our wrong priorities and values can cause us to put ourselves down, give us a poor opinion of ourselves. By accepting the values that the world imposes on us, by accepting its false values, we open ourselves up to a possible Inferiority Complex. Indeed the Inferiority Complex is caused by wrong values --- instead of looking at what we can change (our own heart and character) we become hung up on things we can't change (i.e. abilities). Oct 1977 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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