Values by Default


Values by Default

“The roots of the problems we face in the world, in our national life, and in our family and personal lives, are spiritual.”

Stephen Covey (1932-2012) American educator, author, businessman

I think the most significant thing about this statement is that it was made by a business school professor who primarily and successfully addressed the business community (he of the “7 Habits”) and not by a religious leader of philosopher.

The roots of our problems are spiritual, meaning, I believe, they have to do with the meanings and values by which we live, all of us, whether religious or not.

Stopping ‒ spending some time being still and quiet and doing nothing ‒ can go a long way toward helping us remember the meanings and values by which we choose to live.

To forget them is, by default, taking on the meanings and values of the prevalent culture; not a long-term healthy option. And we are frequently stuck with it.

Because too often we forget that we forgot.  

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Values by Default

by David Kundtz time to read: 5 min