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Giving Voice to Values

Giving Voice to Values

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GIVING VOICE TO VALUES(What would I say and do if I were going to act on my values)Description1
Value Clarification
: What is a value? Exercises to revealvalues. Value Formation. (
 Please use the exercises in theattached notes, or anything else you can find in books onvalues)
42
Comparative Religions:
 
Inter-religious sensitivity,understanding and common action to build a world on sharedvalues. Breaking through stereotypes. Communalism and
 
Building community.
(Video presentation on 3 religions: Hinduism, Islam and Christianity- Arnold Toynebee. After viewing a video programme on each religion, please get a group of 5 students
 
to share on the meaning they get from their religions.Clarifications from the rest of the class are welcome. Nodiscussions. A session on communalism and community
 
building could follow. Talk by Ram Puniyani on communalism.
103
Corruption as a way of life
 
: Case studies e.g. CWG, Adarshand 2G. Attempt to analyse the causes. Don’t get stuck ondescription. Then try and discuss strategies to avoid corruption. RTI. Civil Society groups. Other 
 strategies
 
to bring accountability and transparency.
44
Violence and Conflict Resolution
: Input from Kishu Daswani – conflict resolution at the individual level55
Attraction to substance abuse
: Resources from Linda. Film:My brother Nikhil, Portrait of an addict.26
The Problem of Evil
: Video: God in the dock. A discussionfollowing the film is useful27
Prayer Communal and Personal
 
: Video: Seven Circles of Prayer. A discussion follows the film.28
Critical Thinking
 
: Analysis of newspapers, TV, film, materialfrom XIC.59
Ethical relationships
 
: Young people, suicide, depression,ragging. Video on depression.210
Choice of a career
: Meaning of a vocation2
 
CIA1:Test/One question for 20 marks.CIA2:Class presentations.(Videos are available at MMR and SCAVI)
The definition of Values from a personal development standpoint with an example of usage.Values
 Definition:
Values are deeply held beliefs about what is good, right, and appropriate. Values aredeep-seated and remain constant over time. We accumulate our values from childhood based onteachings and observations of our parents, teachers, religious leaders, and other influential and powerful people.
 Example:
Jennifer felt stressed out and didn't know what to do when her boss implied she shouldlie to a client; honesty is one of Jennifer's most deeply held values.
What Are Your Values?Deciding what's most important in life
Acting in alignment with your values.Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work. They(should) determine your priorities, and, deep down, they're probably the measures you use to tellif your life is turning out the way you want it to.When the things that you do and the way you behave match your values, life is usually good – you're satisfied and content. But when these don't align with your values, that's when thingsfeel... wrong. This can be a real source of unhappiness.This is why making a conscious effort to identify your values is so important.
How Values Help You
Values exist, whether you recognize them or not. Life can be much easier when youacknowledge your values – and when you make plans and decisions that honor them.If you value family, but you have to work 70-hour weeks in your job, will you feel internal stressand conflict? And if you don't value competition, and you work in a highly competitive salesenvironment, are you likely to be satisfied with your job?
 
In these types of situations, understanding your values can really help. When you know your own values, you can use them to make decisions about how to live your life, and you can answer questions like these:
What job should I pursue?
Should I accept this promotion?
Should I start my own business?
Should I compromise, or be firm with my position?
Should I follow tradition, or travel down a new path?So, take the time to understand the real priorities in your life, and you'll be able to determine the best direction for you and your life goals!
Tip:
Values are usually fairly stable, yet they don't have strict limits or boundaries. Also, as you movethrough life, your values may change. For example, when you start your career, success – measured by money and status – might be a top priority. But after you have a family, work-life balance may be what you value more.As your definition of success changes, so do your values. This is why keeping in touch with your values is a lifelong exercise. You should continuously revisit this, especially if you start to feelunbalanced... and you can't quite figure out why.As you go through the exercise below, bear in mind that values that were important in the pastmay not be relevant now.
Defining Your Values
When you define your values, you discover what's truly important to you. A good way of startingto do this is to look back on your life – to identify when you felt really good, and really confidentthat you were making good choices.
Step 1: Identify the times when you were happiest
Find examples from both your career and personal life. This will ensure some balance in your answers.
What were you doing?
Were you with other people? Who?
What other factors contributed to your happiness?
Step 2: Identify the times when you were most proud

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