quotations on values

quotations on values


What is Socratic Dialogue?

Socratic dialogue January 12th, 2020

“In order to improve yourself, Socrates insists, you have to know yourself,” said philosopher Judith Barad. Socrates hasn’t been around since ancient Athens, Greece, but the method of inquiry and self-examination he pioneered is still valid and has a lot to recommend it. “Socrates was the first to call philosophy down from the heavens and establish it in the towns and introduce it into homes and force it to investigate life, ethics, good and evil,” according to also-significant Roman orator Cicero. “Socrates’ method was to go about, as he said himself, ‘cross-examining the pretenders to knowledge and wisdom,’ and by the cross-examination, showing them that they were in error, that what they supposed they knew, they did not know,” noted the luminary Mortimer Adler. This blog is about Socratic dialogue – how to appreciate it, and what it can do.

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Quotations on Values Inspire Personal Growth

woman on beach thinking about quotations on values February 25th, 2019

Some people don’t get much joy or fulfillment from reading quotes. I don’t really understand those individuals. Quotations on values, virtues, and phenomena such as strength, love, creativity, honor, passion, humor and fulfillment seem so, well, valuable to me. I think life would be sorely lacking in flavor if we lived in a black and white world of monotonous labor, the quest for survival, and being caught up in the consumerist desire to keep up and own more. I have smiled many times in my day, and felt temporarily lifted and a part of things when I read something someone wrote that reminds me of thoughts and feelings I have within, that moves me, that enlightens me. Such is the wisdom of reading quotations on values.

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Truth: Detecting and Defending It

finding truth can be elusive February 1st, 2019

“We may not always know what is true, but we can develop some proficiency at detecting what is false” ~ Michael Parenti – a wonderful quote about truth. This is such an intriguing quote, I was amazed to find it virtually buried on page 37 of Professor Parenti’s 2007 book – a compilation of essays. It is, pound for pound, a great look at the value of truth. He also wrote: “Our readiness to accept something as true, or reject it as false, rests less on its argument and evidence and more on how it aligns with the preconceived notions embedded in the dominant culture, and assumptions we have internalized due to repeated exposure.” So, what is true? How can we know it? How to defend it? Read on.

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Inspiration is Found in Quotations

inspiration July 20th, 2017

Inspiration can be found in quotations by wise persons. Not only in quotes about values, but also proverbs, song lyrics, bits of poetry, and so on. But you don’t want to get sidetracked or duped by self-serving, wanna-be “gurus” whose aim is really to sell a product. Where can you turn that is reputable, but without having to do all the heavy lifting yourself? You’ve come to the right place: Values of the Wise.com.  Values of the Wise is a thirteen-year-old pursuit by philosophical thinker and independent scholar Jason Merchey wherein many great quotations that can provide inspiration, enlightenment, and lifelong learning are brought to the table. It’s like a smorgasbord – it’s pretty much all here, you just have to pick and digest. A superb “quote search engine” is available here, and it can be modified to find quotations by females or males, from different regions of the world, based on keywords, or based on the value that the quote is about. How much does this cost? Free! How many ads do you have to put up with? None. What’s the point? Inspiration, insight, and independence. Read on to learn a bit more about how to determine which quotes about values will not only feel right, but be right. 

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Volunteerism

April 10th, 2017

Volunteering is a great thing to do: it can make a difference for oneself and others when it comes to your values and ethics. Not everything needs to be about making money. But why? What does it mean? How is one fulfilled serving and giving to others? Jason discusses these and other intriguing questions with

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Values in Business

April 10th, 2017

For the fifth show Jason has done on business values and ethics, we all have our personal values, but of course, values are inherent in the business world. Do we cheat or tell the truth? Do we compete fairly or in an unscrupulous manner? How do we treat the employees (or, do we steal time

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Socially-Responsible Investing/Business

April 10th, 2017

What is the proper role of business? How can one who is making investments through the stock market invest wisely and responsibly, while instilling their values and ethics? What does it mean for an act to be “socially-responsible?” Why should one bother to worry about these concerns when making money or turning a profit are

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Religion in Today’s World

April 9th, 2017

If you read the newspaper, you undoubtedly come across story after story about radical Muslims killing themselves to destroy others, radical Christians in America talking about assassinating world leaders, much of the American social service sector being converted to “faith-based” providers, and a litany of issues related to religion such as abortion, gay marriage, and

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Relationships and Social Policy that Foster Morality and Caring

April 9th, 2017

One of the things that could make a major difference in the quality of life and the greatness of America would be to raise children that are almost always safe, secure, happy, healthy, moral, well-adjusted, and can live a life of values and ethics. But what are the elements of this goal? How will that

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Living with Honor

April 8th, 2017

Scott Farrell, founder of Chivalry Today, will join Jason to discuss living with honor, as well as values and ethics. He has thought about this subject quite a bit, and writes and gives workshops. Topics include: how do you play sports with integrity? How can you deal with people who are more like thieves than

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