The term values is used in variety of contexts and has so many meanings in everyday language as they are generally considered to play a crucial role in guiding human actions.
In ethics, values are a person’s principles or standards of behaviour; one judgement of what is important in life.
Every behaviour is an effort to remove distractions and disturbances in order to bring a sense of well-being and satisfaction to one’s self. So I’ll just say that values are egocentric, because they are derived from the manner an individual feels they have affected him without putting in consideration what these values might cost others.
I truly love this story of a very poor farmer who one day discovered in the nest of his pet goose a glittering golden egg. At first, he thought it must have been some kind of trick but as he was just about to dispose the egg, he had a second thought and took it in to be a treasure. The egg was pure gold! How unbelievable. He even became amazed the next day when the experience repeated itself. Day after day, he found another golden egg. He finally became very wealthy from selling the golden eggs, but with his wealth developed greed and impatience. Unable to wait for each morning, he decided to kill the goose and take all the golden eggs. But when he open the goose, he found nothing. No golden eggs! No goose!! He had already destroyed the source of his wealth.
Thomas Paine once said “that which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only which gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price on its goods”
All it took the farmer was just 24 hours to be a golden egg richer, but because he valued the wealth he got from the goose more than the goose itself, he lost everything.
Since it’s no news that your heart will always be where your treasure is, you should as much as possible value the right thing as it contributes greatly to who you are.