Up­hold the val­ues you cher­ish

The Sun (Malaysia) - - GOOD VIBES -

HIS­TORY is full of ex­am­ples of men and women who were lit­tle ap­pre­ci­ated in their life­time for their ideas and ac­tions, but were recog­nised posthu­mously.

Even sci­en­tific progress has been made pos­si­ble by in­di­vid­u­als who chal­lenged pre­vail­ing dog­mas and con­ven­tional ways of think­ing to re­veal the truth.

Physi­cist and as­tronomer Galileo Galilei was ac­cused of heresy and sen­tenced to house ar­rest for his view that the Earth re­volved around the Sun and not vice versa, while philoso­pher, math­e­ma­ti­cian and as­tronomer Gior­dano Bruno was burnt at the stake for his be­liefs.

Cer­tain prin­ci­ples and val­ues are what keep us hu­man. Their ben­e­fits may be in­tan­gi­ble at times, but to­gether they form the foun­da­tion of a civilised so­ci­ety.

The grad­ual aban­don­ment of val­ues in the pur­suit of un­re­strained self-in­dul­gence is now recog­nised as a con­trib­u­tory fac­tor be­hind many of the so­cial ills af­flict­ing mod­ern so­ci­eties.

When we swim against the tide to pre­serve and up­hold val­ues that we cher­ish and that we know to be right, we save our­selves from go­ing down the drain to deca­dence.

Heed­ing our con­science and act­ing on our best in­stincts en­hance our moral strength and power of judg­ment.

This en­ables us to make the right choices in sit­u­a­tions that test our char­ac­ter and good sense. A sound char­ac­ter and judg­ment will keep us on the right­eous path and save us from slips and pit­falls.

When we fol­low the guid­ance of our in­ner voice, it brings peace of mind as it averts in­ner con­flict. This will help us to re­main sta­ble, light and happy.

Such a state of mind has a pos­i­tive im­pact on our thoughts, speech, be­hav­iour and ac­tions.

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