Personal Values and EthicsI am a fair-minded thinker and my peers argue that I embody qualities such as humility, courage, empathy, integrity, autonomy, perseverance, a sense of justice, as well as confidence in reason. My humility has largely been formed by the sensitivity to my personal faults. I feel that if I can make mistakes in spite of the efforts to be perfect, other people’s errors could also be without malice. Nonetheless, I do attempt to respond and correct my errors as quickly as possible as I look forward to sensitizing other people to remedy their own faults as well. In my dealings with other people, the most valuable quality has been perseverance. I have come to recognize the fact that individuals who persevere are able to establish positive and sustainable relationships a lot easier than those who do not (Leifer, Plattner, & Meinel, 2013).
The World ViewValues are influenced by cultures and traditions across the globe. People from various cultures have different modes of dressing, ways of perceiving things and the world, as well as modes of expression. The variations could cause challenges in regards to the way other people interpret the choices of other people. One of the examples is that while a firm and short handshake is judged as having self-confidence in the US, Africans show respect by offering a limp handshake. Such a shake would be interpreted wrongly in the US. The same is the case with respect to how people relate with strangers.
In the UK, men rarely look at the women while on the streets. The French do (Coxon, 2015; Delisle, 2015).The examples demonstrate the need for patience as one tries to understand the viewpoints of others. Sometimes it is a real struggle, and some people could even feel offended by how their peers from other cultures behave.
This is where perseverance comes in. If everyone in the world was able to persevere, the universal values of freedom, peace, and social progress would be achieved. In essence, perseverance advances human dignity in a significant manner. It is one of the core values which every individual is encouraged to embody (Hawking, 2014).The Value of PerseveranceI used to give up quickly, but I have since started making improvements towards persevering. Even if a challenge could appear to be insurmountable, I still give it a chance.
There have been cases where I managed to overcome in scenarios where a significant number of people would ordinarily give-up and move on. When perseverance is combined with empathy, I find myself willing to go an extra mile to understand the viewpoints of others, especially if I am dealing with the sick and emotionally disturbed individuals (Delisle, 2015).However, I am still open to asserting myself in case the other parties derail progress deliberately. For instance, in the context where there are innocent victims being hurt, such as in case of a civil war, I feel inclined to wishing for tough actions to be taken against the aggressors. One case in point is the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen, situations which have been part of the reason the migrant crisis is worsening day-by-day. Of course, most of the parties to the conflict have no legitimate right to be causing the chaos being witnessed (Sung, Gwo-Jen Hwang, & Chang, 2015). In this case, I have the feeling that the international community is exhibiting unnecessary patience, and stern actions need to be taken immediately.
Syria is an artificial catastrophe and should have been resolved by now, in my opinion. I embrace the ethical doctrine by Aristotle that encourages moderation in everything. Perseverance and patience are good qualities, but they ought to be in moderation. By having a sound judgment, one would be in a position to know when it is time to make a decision, irrespective of how tough it is (Coxon, 2015; Hawking, 2014).Making a DecisionOnce in a while, one is needed to make a decision about an aspect in life. Decision making is a lot harder if it involves other people, since compassion could cloud one’s cognizance.
It is important to appreciate that postponed decisions could negate any benefits one thought would emerge from their compassion. Even in child upbringing, the common view is that if one spares the rod, they spoil their own children (Sung et al., 2015). There is that time when a stern action has to be taken. Avoiding making a decision is avoiding life itself.
The ability and willingness to decide to facilitate learning, enhance exploration, and enable individuals as well as groups to try new things. All these are impossible with choice aversion (Coxon, 2015).Possible Options in Regards to Resolving IssuesMany people are willing to listen as long as the approach is appropriate and friendly. They also demonstrate the enthusiasm to improve, especially if the gains to themselves are apparent. The application of give and take strategies such as the game theory has aided in conflict management; and in the best-case scenario, problems are resolved altogether (Coxon, 2015). This is because most stakeholders know that they cannot have everything in complete exclusion of everyone else. They just hope to maximize the gains as much as possible without suffering significant losses and/or pain. Those who are quick in making a reasonable decision end-up having what is referred to as the “proposal power”.
This is the capacity to structure and influence the terms of the ultimate settlement. Choice averters could suffer the negative consequences of letting everyone else make or influence courses of action (Leifer et al., 2013).
I am patient and I persevere. Nonetheless, I still have ways of deciding if and when I should move forward. The history of the individuals I deal with influence my view of them in the sense that I can tell if they are honest, autonomous, empathetic, confident and if they value justice.
If they do, they are trustworthy and reliable. I can then tell how much trust I can have in them and in their judgments. I am also able to tell when we are completely derailed in regards to achieving the set objectives. Although I do have the patience to listen and also learn, I would be de-motivated to invest my time and effort towards listening and learning from an unreliable and self-seeking individual. To be honest, part of the reason why I endeavor to be seen as being reliable is that I know other people could also be de-motivated if they felt that I was irresponsible and unpredictable.ConclusionHaving a good character is informed by the embodiment of qualities like humility, courage, empathy, integrity, autonomy, perseverance, a sense of justice, and confidence in reason. All these factors are interlinked.
For instance, it is difficult to persevere if one cannot be of integrity. Integrity, in this case, means ‘having moral principles which are strong’ (Delisle, 2015). Perseverance is also possible when one is confident about their reasoning capacity. Nonetheless, a sense of justice is needed, and it is important to be courageous enough to show it. If one party is obviously in the wrong, I should be in a position to state this as my position. If there is the need for further recommendations and/or action, Aristotle’s doctrine of moderation demands of the individual to avoid having their judgment clouded by needless perseverance.
Studies have concluded that the best values are those in the middle of the scale, and this includes perseverance (Coxon, 2015; Hawking, 2014; Sung et al., 2015).