In my nature and American values class, we took values diagnostic test and had a class discussion on it. In this discussion, we looked at different percentages of people in the class with certain values. Then people discussed their own opinions and reasons for some of these values. Some values were very different from everyone and some everyone had a similar viewpoint on. We did this discussion because we have a semester long group project, where our professor wanted us to prepare and understand how to work together, and the importance values impacts this.
This class discussion had an impact on me because it allowed me to see how different and varying everyone’s values were on certain topics, and to the degree of which they valued them. In addition, our professor related this to how these values effect group work and projects because you will be working with people with different values on how to solve or go about the project. This stuck out because I never thought about the influence someone’s values have on their personality and how they interact with people. A year from now I will remember that everyone has these different values and ways to work well with people with conflicting views. I will remember this because it is a valuable lesson that often people do not think about and is the cause of much conflict. This is connected to service because service often involves group work where people have different values and reasons driving their service. It makes me think that although everyone can have drastically different values, they can still be a like and have similar interests and passions (i.e. service). In addition, understanding and accepting everyone’s different values allows community development, strength, and peace. How can we all get a better understanding of different values? What would be the impact if everyone accepted and understood people’s different values? This makes me interested in seeing how values effect relationships and how we can be accepting and work with people with differing views. I am interested in this because this is a cause of much conflict, and to work through how to prevent differences from interfering would be very useful whenever you have to interact with anyone other than yourself, especially with people with many differing or conflicting values. Sometimes people who have one conflicting value may struggle to work together; however, there are many values that composes a person, and one differing value should not be a cause of conflict, but a way to work with people with differing viewpoints. This concept can be related to past discussions on readings about people’s motives for volunteering. Everyone has different values, which might motivate someone to serve. However, everyone’s reasons are different, so we cannot automatically dismiss someone if their values are different from the reason we chose to participate. Therefore, values play a role in serving and the way in which we serve. So what? This is a useful skill to understand values and how that influences people’s choices, so I will be able to work with anyone, even if they are drastically different from me.
I think I realized how everyone has a large quantity and variety of values; sometimes the values are unrelated and drastically different within the same person. Personally, some of my values on nature did not correlate to what I viewed the best solution to environmental problems, which I was surprised by; however, this just confirms and shows values and are different. This discussion was worthwhile because I learned a lot from it, and it opened by eyes to the role of values on an individual and group. I will use this whenever I need to work with a group of people, especially when it requires agreement on an issue. I can use what I learned to work with people and be open-minded and willing to comprise and work together, without conflict. I would want to see how and if all differing values between people would be able to compromise, or if some people would never be able to. I am definitely interested in this topic because it effects how someone interacts with someone else, and is critical in everyday life. The discussion on values made me more self-aware that values influence one’s decisions. Also, on how I can use my values to guide me, but also be open-minded and willing to accept different values in others. In the future, this discussion will lead to me addressing group projects different, and the understanding of differences. How can I use this knowledge to work well in a group? Can it influence how those people in turn act in other group work? I would file this away under experiences which challenged my thoughts on our knowledge of value/belief systems.