Description of Moral Values
Truthfulness: This refers to the consideration of telling truth- being straightforward and open. I believe that honesty is the way forward as it builds trust, integrity, and genuine relationships. Courage: The committed to boldness and asking more about personal life than I ask about others. Personal development and human potential: The belief that every person can do something better. Integrity: Living and adhering to personal moral ideals as set by an individual. Independence: This is self-determination and taking appropriate action in unraveling complications. Service: A commitment to serving people with dignity and respect they deserve by virtue of being humans. Creativity: This is the facet of innovativeness.
The set of values or principles that I would never consider violating voluntarily or willingly because I consider them “sacred” and among the complex facets or dimensions of my personality are truthfulness, courage, integrity, and service. At childhood, my peers knew me as a person who told exact things and in most instances when there was a mess, my mother would confirm what transpired from me. However, my siblings could sometimes try shutting me by offering me gifts, but I could thereafter find myself revealing “the forbidden secrets.” I could tell the truth despite threats by my older siblings. Nonetheless, I liked it when my parents and siblings appreciated me for helping them in some of the daily chores. At adolescent stage, I never changed in any way; “behaving like a child” my siblings could provoke me. However, upon reaching adulthood, I came to realize that sometimes, it was convenient speaking lies as my friends often told me. Over time, my self-concept regarding truth telling has been under siege though I still maintain my initial position.
Results of Moral Foundations Questionnaire
Results of Schwartz Values Scale
There are foundations of human morality that attract divergent reactions from a different culture. Human morality is a product of the evolution of biological and cultural processes that subsequently make humankind very subtle about different and conflicting matters. For instance, particular issues revolve around treatment of people in a humane manner-harm and fairness. On the other hand, other issues are that one can be a good member of a particular group or a defender of the existing social orders or traditions, that is, fairness or reciprocity including concerns of rights, in-group or loyalty, authority or respect, and purity or sanctity. The moral foundations questionnaire has revealed that political liberals as I emphasize harm and fairness laced with inequality and exploitation. Conversely, political conservatives are concerned about harm and equity though to a lesser extent in relation to the political liberals. Political conservatives often emphasize loyalty, authority, and purity largely than their counterparts.
Values are appropriate and trans-situational objectives that vary in their importance to an individual and serve purpose of directing lives of people across different cultures. The moral principles scale indicates that moral values have an internal order and arrangement. Schwartz showed that the ten basic human values-power, success, decadence, inspiration, self-direction, universalism, compassion, tradition, conventionality, and safety show a correlation pattern. From the pattern, values close to each other face opposition or simply weak endorsement from same individual. For instance, political liberals often endorse values relating to openness to change, while their fellow conservatives tend to augur well with conservative values.
I think that the assessment feedback accurately provides the profile of my moral foundations. The moral foundations that the questionnaire bases are exact grounds that I often base my morals and even extend judgment to the morality of others, that is, whether good or wrong. Moreover, the Schwartz’s moral scale reveals moral values that I consider core in my life. While going through the results from both moral foundation questionnaire and the Schwartz’s moral values scale, I realized that they reveal more about my actual moral foundations and moral values even more that I thought. While studying the ten basic moral values, I found that all my moral values were represented in varying magnitudes and that they are coherent with the moral foundations from which I often base my perceptions of what is right or wrong.
Initially, I thought personal values are solely results of cultural dynamics; little did I know that they depend on biological processes too. The feedback has categorically given understanding to this regard. The feedback shows that a liberal person could as well perform better in matters that traditionally concerned conservatives such as loyalty, authority, and purity as moral foundations. In addition, those, who consider themselves liberals, could as well record brilliant performance on issues deemed as strongholds of conservatives. The feedback reveals personal morals such as power, pleasure seeking, motivation, custom, safekeeping, and conventionality that I had not considered before.
The exercise is worth investing in, and the researchers should do more work to improve the accuracy of the results, and provide an evaluation of individuals that partly liberals and somewhat c