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Sunday, 9 August 2015

HOW DO WE PLACE VALUE

Some evenings ago, I was dust my father's old books and stumbled upon a collection of poems. Bored and with nothing else to do, I dove into the vast world of rhymes and rhythms. One particular poem caught my attention, it was a poem that told the story of a hen and a carp ( a certain kind of fish). The hen, after laying an egg shouted her thanks from the rooftops to Progeny for making her a worthy hen. In the nearby pond, the carp scorned the ecstatic hen. Mrs. Carp, having laid thousands of egg, felt it was too stupid for Mrs. Hen to disturb the whole neighborhood  because she laid an egg. According to Mrs. Carp, it would be an unimaginable hullabaloo if she screamed her thanks to Monsieur Progeny for every egg she laid.
Now, when we move from this nicely crafted literary intentions of the poet, we find ourselves stuck with one word which is; value. The Oxfords dictionary defines value as the degree of importance given to something. The biologist would say that we have different genetic and physical makeup and this justifies why individual conception of value is subjective.
Value systems and clarifications is a social issue that goes beyond FlawlessBlog™. We sometimes wonder why we struggle to get a good job, build a house, get married or pursue an academic ambition while Ciroma Chukwuma Adekunle is just contented with having his name on every WAEC examination paper.
The field of morals and ethics is gaining grounds. It tries to explain to us, to a large extent, why some values are worth keeping and others are not. Hey! No matter what these moralists propose, prescribe, argue and concur, the truth is that values are purely on personal convictions.
Is it art? Is it music? Is it food? Whatever it is, trust your own judgment and don't mind what all the Mrs. Carp would say. Yes the society, they would care. Our unique values are the luster or sheen that makes us glitter away in the society. Remember that if you don't stand for anything, you would fall for everything. The society might wag their tongues, but who cares? After all, the mouth is meant to perform two functions; talking and eating. Keep up to those values as long as the remain valuable to your life.
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FROM FLAWLESS, HAVE A VALUE FILLED DAY...

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