KVE301/KVE401 Universal Human Values and Professional Ethics
Chapter 2: Self Exploration as the process of Value Education
What is our State Today?
Today, we are not oriented enough to evaluate our beliefs or assumptions and we treat them as our personal life. We generally keep beliefs or assumptions secure in the name of personal life and freedom. We usually become very sticky about beliefs or assumptions without really verifying them. When these beliefs or assumptions come in conflict, we try hard to search out justifications and make all efforts to defend our own assumptions. In the process, we cheat us ourselves as well as others.
It shows that today:
- Neither are we verifying our assumptions/ proposals put to us on the basis of our natural acceptance
- Nor we verifying what we think we know, in our living.
What is the Way Out? What Do We Need To Do?
Realization and Understanding
As we continue with the process of verification of proposals on the basis of our natural acceptance and test it out in our living (experiential validation), it ultimately results in realization and understanding in us. This means knowing something to be true for sure, within ourselves.
The answers we get on having realization and understanding are assuring, satisfying, and universal. Universal means the answers are the same for everyone. They are invariant with respect to time, space, and individuals. If the answers we get do not fulfill any of the criteria it means the answer is most likely coming from our past beliefs/conditioning and not from our natural acceptance.