News Report (from National Science Foundation): A team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation is investigating the role of ethical and religious beliefs, or “sacred values,” in motivating human behavior. The team’s most significant finding is that individuals who hold sacred values are rarely willing to barter them for economic gain. “Our research tells us when there is a confrontation involving sacred values, then offers to give up or exchange sacred values for material incentives is taken as a deep insult…”
My Comment: Here’s the scale of human values, from the lowest to the highest:
- bodily desires (food, sex, and family); these arise from the bodily needs,
- social desires (wealth, power, fame, and knowledge); these arise from society’s influence,
- spiritual desires (revelation of the Creator); these arise from the awakening of a “Reshimo” or a spiritual gene.
Hence, it’s no surprise that we value even the “sacred values” of our world above all others. However, this does not apply to extreme situations, when the instinct of self-preservation compels one to choose the “bare minimum for one’s survival” over all else.Evolution of Desires [5:44m]: Play Now | Download