Philosophy Term Paper

Topics: Meaning of life, Intrinsic value, Value Pages: 5 (1565 words) Published: October 30, 2010
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|Writing Assignment #2 | |Philosophy 101 | | | | | |12/20/2009 |

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In philosophy, value is a property of objects, including physical objects as well as abstract objects, or actions, representing their degree of importance to an individual. An object with philosophic value may be termed an ethic or philosophic good. As Wikipedia says about values, “personal and cultural value is a relative ethic value, an assumption on which implementation can be extrapolated. A value system is a set of consistent values and measures. A principle value is a foundation upon which other values and measures of integrity are based.” No matter what your socio-economic background, I believe that our values shape who we are, and how we live our lives.  Once we get to a certain age, we are capable of self-reflection, and although it may be difficult, we all have the strength within us to make change happen.  If some of your adult values are different than those you grew up with, then that will at some point cause conflict with those in your family.  I believe that part of being an adult means making tough decisions about what’s right for you, and then having the courage to stick with them.   

Everyone must have something to strive for, something that brings meaning to existence. If life is lived in a disorganized fashion where the only goal is the accumulation of wealth and material possessions, then it is wasted. Unfortunately, this is the sole aim of life for many and the results are often disappointment and unfulfilled desires. Personal fulfillment is the ultimate purpose of life. Our book clearly states "the unexamined life is not worth living."  The ability to reflect on one's life and one's self is a distinctly human ability. In doing so you realize that there are many aspects that differentiate humans from one another.  Beauty, outward appearance, wealth, health, nationality, race, native language, and knowledge are all examples of characteristics that differentiate us from one another but the list goes on and seems endless.  These differences may cause us to lose our self esteem or excessively develop our self-esteem. This can occur even though our characteristics may be out of our control. Despite these differences, what we have in common is that we are all humans who seek one purpose: to find success and happiness in our lives. We each strive hard to become satisfied with our lives. Reaching perfection and completion is the unquestionable desire of mankind. Values are our subjective reactions to the world around us. They guide and mold our options and behavior. Values have three important characteristics. First, values are developed early in life and are very resistant to change. Values develop out of our direct experiences with people who are important to us, particularly our parents. Values rise not out of what people tell us, but as a result how they behave toward us and others.

What I most value in my life and what I find success and happiness from in my life, as I mentioned in my Midterm paper, is my family, both immediate and extended, and the time spent with them.  My family has always been close to me while...
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