Values are the internal precepts by which we make our decisions. When we are confronted by choices, options, or moral dilemmas, the decisions we make will indicate what values we hold. The five human and moral values are righteousness, peace, truth, love and non-violence. Human Values give worthiness and respect to life. The foundation of human values are based on .
Â· Dignity of human life .
Â· Respect and consideration for the "other" .
Â· The importance of integrity and service .
Â· An attitude of non-violence .
Â· The individual and collective quest for peace and happiness.
Today the world has changed .the old values are no more cared for and there is value erosion .Now greatness, goodness and success is measured by the wealth one has. The main aim of life is to earn more and by any means. Simple living is no longer a motto of life .To achieve the luxurious in life people have become greedy. Selfish. Dishonest and adopt foul means to collect money, People now exploit their own kith and kin. High ideals of patriotism, selfless devotion to society, sacrifice and service are hollow words for them. Honesty is no more, best policy.
Today there is both moral and human value erosions. Today corruption has become a way of life and has been spreading deep into the society. Drinking and drug abuse are the social evils, which has affected one fourth of the world population. Violence in schools has caused many problems among students, families, schools, and residents of the areas. The cause of violence can be blamed mainly on drugs and gangs. Terrorism and Non-violence is the order of the day. War in the 21st century has begun with great ferocity and cruelty. We have never before seen so much of violence, hatred, conflicts and mistrust. Today nations, both developed and developing, face erosion of humanistic, ethical and moral values.
The world should realise that when Gandhiji talked of non-violence, self-suffering, consideration for others, honesty, he had only fear of value erosion.