We all have values that we live our lives by. How do you live those values? What do you to do demonstrate them?
An individual, a company, or a country has values that are important to them. These can may be openly stated, or simply internal. Nonetheless, they exist and are on display.
The first, and most common, value is self-preservation. You want to continue to go on living, preferably improving your lot in life as you go along. In extreme situations, some of us may choose to give up our lives for something we value even more, but that is unusual, to say the least.
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Beyond self-preservation, the values we could possibly have can be many. And the sum total of all possible ones among the population of the earth is truly staggering.
Some may value family and friends, and connections with others. Others, perhaps money and luxury. Perhaps what motivates you is justice, for yourself and others.
Of course, you can have more than one competing for your attention. The reasoning about what to do in any given situation can involve a complicated, complex series of considerations, in order to satisfy your many values as closely as possible.
As an individual, do you know what your values are? What actions or behaviors do you perform on a daily, monthly, or annual basis to live by those values? How do you demonstrate them?