List of Values

There are hundreds of “values.” “Values” can be defined in a number of ways. I think it is handy to think of them as things you do or don’t value. I value some things more highly than other things, and in turn I am biased. So are you. 

I suggest that when we dialogue, we ought to assume that the other person is a good person who has positive intentions. Our life experience, IQ, interests, education, schooling, and contemplations will not be 100% identical. 

Some of the common values, biases, perceptions and worldviews that various people “value” are listed below. This list is designed to give you ideas to create YOUR own personal list of values. My list of values is NOT all-inclusive, I built the list to about 250 things, and then paired it back down to about 100.

  • I suggest writing down five to ten values you are most passionate about and think are good values.
  • Then write down five to ten values that you dislike most strongly.

List of Values

  1. Accountability
  2. Accuracy in verbiage
  3. Aggression is wrong
  4. Anarchy (no rulers) is an ideal way for humans to exist
  5. Archy (a ruling class) is good or at least necessary
  6. Autonomy is important to me
  7. Awareness, the sensory-based experience of one’s environment
  8. Humans are born free
  9. Humans are born with a debt to society
  10. Candor about worldviews, biases and preferences is good
  11. Centralized control of individuals is necessary to avoid a nasty, short and brutish life
  12. Charity should be expected of good people
  13. Cleanliness is part of good character
  14. A Communities’ interests should be above individuals
  15. Compassion is part of good character
  16. A compassionate person is not objectively better, but I choose to be one
  17. Competence and productivity are part of good character
  18. Consciousness, the awareness of one’s awareness
  19. Contribution to those in one’s region should be required
  20. Conviction in one’s faith is good
  21. Creativity is wonderful
  22. Curiosity is good
  23. Dignity can only be earned, it is not a right
  24. Discipline from authority is necessary and good
  25. Diversity is not only OK, it should be forced by the majority
  26. Effectiveness in achieving a goal is more important than moral means  “The ends justify the means”
  27. Equality of opportunity is a goal worthy of force
  28. Equality of outcome is a goal worthy of force
  29. Ethics should be extended from groups to individuals and enforced by the group
  30. Fairness to individuals is less important than fairness to groups
  31. Feelings are as important as reason
  32. Free markets are bad and must be controlled
  33. Generosity is morally superior to selfishness
  34. Goodness is not defined by individuals, but by the holy word of God
  35. Personal happiness is a good and moral thing to morally pursue
  36. Hard work should not be required for a person to receive basic human needs
  37. Harmony makes compromise worthwhile
  38. Hate isn’t great, but I will allow others that choice so long as they don’t initiate violence
  39. Health care is a basic human right (positive right)
  40. Heredity of the political system of our parents and their parents is legitimate
  41. Honor should be given to parents and those in authority even when we disagree
  42. Humor is an important thing to me
  43. Idealism, the dreaming of things that have never been, is stupid and not worthwhile
  44. Idealism and invention are how new things and ideas are brought to the world
  45. If one takes care of the means, then end will take care of itself
  46. Individualism is selfish (wanting a bunch of something for oneself) and therefore bad
  47. Inheritance taxes should be higher because that would help equalize access to stuff
  48. Initiation of force is always bad, Non-Aggression-Principle (NAP) is good, important and absolute without exception
  49. Intellectual consistency is important
  50. Intelligence and ability vary between people and it is each person’s right to profit as they choose and make happenThe Tuttle Twins - a child's foundation of freedom
  51. Irreverence to tradition is bad
  52. Justice should be a function of the group, and individuals must abide by the group’s worldview
  53. Kindness is important and should be required of others, by coercion if needed
  54. Law-abiding citizens are better than law-breakers
  55. Learning should be ongoing, perhaps I will learn I am wrong about some things
  56. Liberty is important
  57. Logic is the only acceptable system of communication to use in debate
  58. Loving others, even the unlovable, is good
  59. Loyalty to one’s nation is good
  60. Loyalty to one’s dogma is bad
  61. Loyalty is not important, rather fairness is good.
  62. Minimalism is worthy of force
  63. Monogamous heterosexuality is the only moral way
  64. Morality is subjective
  65. Morality is set in stone by something/Someone
  66. Nationalism and patriotism are good
  67. If there is a chance of getting a virus that has a .9% chance of causing death, all other values should be flushed down the toilet.
  68. Negative rights are the only legitimate human rights, if rights even exist
  69. Oligarchy, monarchy and democracy are all OK if it is the national tradition
  70. Order is needed in society and can only be achieved through politics
  71. Peace is a high and worthy goal
  72. Performance and outcome should determine reward, not how hard a person tried
  73. Popular sovereignty, that government is created by and subject to the will of the people is a good concept
  74. Positive rights, those that require action on another’s part, are bad
  75. Productivity is a good measure of a person
  76. Private property rights are of absolute importance in society.
  77. Public need trumps private desire
  78. Realism trumps idealism
  79. Reason is the best way to think
  80. Reciprocity is better than charity
  81. Reparations, affirmative action, preference points based on gender or color are necessary to right the balance
  82. Respect is due those that enforce the will of rulers (soldiers, police, legislators, judges)
  83. We are responsible for ourselves, nobody else has a  duty to do anything for us
  84. Rule of law is what makes society safe and prosperous
  85. Security and safety sometimes requires the public to take away freedom and privacy from individuals
  86. Self-reliance is a good and high goal
  87. Altruistic selflessness, putting others above oneself is better than egoism
  88. Sexual stuff should be each individual’s choice, and not controlled by force by society
  89. Sharing with the public the fruits of one’s talent, abilities & labor with society should be expected
  90. Spirituality is part of being a human being
  91. Spontaneous order works better than central control
  92. Stewardship of “the commons” is a responsibility and worthy of force against individuals
  93. Sustainability Doctrine is good, the earth is in huge danger and we must force everyone else into action or inaction
  94. Teamwork is morally superior to individual effort and work
  95. Theism is by definition a form of superstition, and is not deserving of respect
  96. Tolerance of things we dislike is good and all should be forced to tolerate even thinks they are biased against
  97. Tolerance of things that are against our values is not to be expected in our domain
  98. Trustworthiness is a high goal
  99. Truth, even when unpopular, is worthy of our pursuit and love
  100. Virtue is good
  101. Wealth in money, land, friendships or other capital, when voluntarily acquired, is the sole property of the owner, and is neither a moral good or bad
  102. Wisdom is good and ought to be pursued

What from this list of values is most and least important to YOU?

Values Act Like Lenses, and when most of us speak, we describe what we think based on our perceptions. This is natural and fine, awareness that our worldview if effected is the important thing. We ought to recognize that values act like lenses.

Let’s consider this passage:


  • It appears that “Virtue” would be high on Cicero’s list of “good” virtues.
  • Perhaps Timmy more highly values “following rules.”

When Timmy and Cicero are presented with a moral question in which a government makes a rule that both Timmy and Cicero agree is not a virtuous rule, each of them will examine the question though different lenses/values.

  • Cicero might say, “I don’t like the rule, and will ignore it and choose virtue instead.”
  • Timmy might say, “I don’t like the rule, however rules must be followed, so I will follow it.”

Each man has, with the best of intentions, made a decision of action based on their values. One is biased toward being virtuous while one is biased toward following rules. Both men seek to do good as they understand it. I urge you to consider my list of values and come up with your own. 

I think Values Act Like Lenses

*List was featured on the Let’s Think! radio show.