The Nature of Human Values

Kenneth Rice
 


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A crucial starting-point for examining the nature of human values is the nature of man. “In order to understand what values are, we must start with organic behavior itself. ” (Joas, 2000, p. 106). We have all heard the story of the scorpion and the frog: …as the frog assisted the scorpion in traversing the river, the scorpion stung the frog and doomed them both. When the frog asked why, the scorpion replied “I could not help myself. It is my nature. ” Animals initiate the necessary actions that their life requires. Man, on the other hand, has a volitional, conceptual awareness.

Our body, emotions, mind, soul, and our awareness form the whole person. It is only by dealing with each part of the whole, that we can have complete health. All are connected and one can’t complete the value-judgment without the others. In Romans 2:15 Paul refers to the moral awareness that conscience awakens in Christians: “…the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another. ”

Holy Bible. (1997). King James Version. Grand Raids, MI: Zondervan Publishing.

Joas, H. (2000). The Genesis of Values. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago.

Lieutenant Ken Rice is an Active Duty Naval Officer stationed in Norfolk VA. He is currently assigned to Commander, Naval Surface Force's Warfare Requirments Directorate as the FORCEnet Requirements Officer. Lieutenant Rice is responsible for the program analasys and budget oversight for Information Technology Transformation for the Surface Fleet. He is currently enrolled at Regent University working towards a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership.

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