Each and every person has a set of values that best define who he or she is and for me, I hold in high esteem the values of honesty, self-control and humility. Honesty to me is the ability to say nothing but the truth at whatever times. Speaking the truth has helped me win confidence from other people since they end up building trust in me. Self-control on the other hand is one of my most treasured personal attributes. Self-control breeds self-esteem and personal confidence. With self-control, I am able to keep my concentration even in most demanding situations and make worth decisions. Humility on the other hand helps me interact freely with all people regardless of cultural backgrounds or social status.
Self-control, humility and honesty were values inculcated inn me since my childhood. IO was brought up in a Christian family where our parents always insisted that we be role models and examples to emulate. Since then, I have learnt that being a role model demands that you develop a personality that everyone would wish to associate with. These attributes in me have never changed, even though my adolescence when many people often depict change in behavior.
I have been in situations where a combination of this attributes have saved me trouble. During one of my high school days, I found out that my two close allies could repeatedly sneak out of class to smoke. As great peers and age mates, they insisted that that I either join in the vice or lose my company. I chose to stay honest and reported them to the authority. I couldn’t compromise my personal values.
The Moral Foundations & Personal Values Exercise, Part 3
My results for the Moral Foundation Questionnaire show that I am fair, loyal and obedient to authority. The results can be interpreted to mean that I often try to trust people as fairly as I can, show respect to authority and the law of the land as well as obedient to the law of the land. I am convinced that the results to a large extent summarize my personality. The results also show that I score highly when it comes to purity, an implication that I try to maintain a pure and clear conscience.
Although the assessment done do not keep a real reflection of my morality and behavior, to a large extent gives a partial description of my personality. For instance, the feedback is more centered on my interactions with other members of society and thus does not cover on all parts of morality. One insight I gained about my moral foundations, as presented in the results of the MFQ is that I rarely harm people. While I had all along known that harm must involve physical injury, I have learnt from the MFQ results that one can also inflict emotional harm and psychological harm to others.
I found the moral foundations evaluation a worthwhile activity. It gives one an opportunity to periodically assess personal morality and thus identify areas to adjust. In most cases, people often partake of immorality for lack of people to offer the right advice. In other cases, others may commit immoral acts in the pretext that no one is watching them. This questionnaire thus offers all the privacy that one requires to carry out a personal evaluation.