What Makes Life Worth Living?

To follow is an introspective exercise to help elicit and recognize the particular values we hold dear. Unfortunately, sometimes our values remain unexpressed and vaguely understood. We may intuit them but they are neither clear nor precise. For instance, David claims to value freedom above all else. Does he mean the freedom to murder or sexually exploit others? Exactly what sort of freedom is he talking about? Unless we give definition to our values we are bound for inertia and apathy. Now should David say that by freedom he means the right to pursue happiness, then it becomes possible that he is confusing happiness with freedom. These terms don’t mean the same thing. One can be free but not happy, and vice versa. So after pressing David further, to explain what he means, he says mental freedom. That might narrow it down somewhat but his answer remains too broad. The goal of this exercise is not for me to define your values but to share a video with you that may help open your mind to what truly matters to you. As you listen closely trust in your inner logos (reason) to bring into awareness the values that truly motivate and shape your life. Click play on the video above and write down your answers as you go. Once the presentation is complete you may compare your notes with my list of values below. While you compare feel free to adapt and modify your list so that they better represent your core values. Then order them from the most important to the least. You may share your top 5 values in the comment section. It is my hope to address some of them in a future talk and demonstrate how virtues can act as the means to actualize our values. Click here to access my list of general values but be sure to watch the video first.

Love & light,




About Philosopher Muse

An explorer of volition and soul, a song under a night sky and a dream that forever yearns to be.
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20 Responses to What Makes Life Worth Living?

  1. inesephoto says:

    Isn’t it a freedom to choose the right thing?
    Merry Christmas, Jason, and a Happy New Year! Life is good indeed, even though it is too short 😉

  2. inesephoto says:

    Have to rely on something 😉

  3. You made me thinking on this one, about the relation of values and virtues. I agree they can be very similar and sometimes difficult to separate. I have always thought values as a pulling and growing force evolving you towards virtues as the goal of that soul-growth?
    And hence approaching virtues to a degree of almost in differentiation.

    Could we say honesty is the value reaching for truth.
    Fairness for justice,
    Listening and reflection for wisdom,
    Care and consideration for love etc.???

    I would love to have your reflections on this 🙂

    • If we truly value honesty, then it is very likely that we will try to be honest, that is we will seek to tell the truth. The same applies to all the other virtues you listed, that being justice, wisdom & love.

  4. Also; Merry Christmas and the best for 2019 my friend! 🙂

  5. The Forest sure makes life worth living!

  6. JC says:

    I would have to say compassion foremost is what I value in myself and in others. To me, it defines all other values and how we live them. Have a wonderful holiday… jc

  7. Fred says:

    HOPE because if everything we love and value is somehow taken from us , what is left that makes life worth living? HOPE– that GOD has a plan for us and living this life and enjoying/enduring whatever comes is adding to our completeness..
    First thought!!

  8. kanewischer says:

    Jason – Very thought provoking as always. My five values in the order that they came to me: art, creativity, nature, exploration & consciousness. I’m not sure that consciousness is a value. Am interested in hearing your thoughts. -Jill

    • Thank you Jill! I believe intrinsic values naturally command respect, they are in & of themselves a good for the individual and the community at large. Because so many of us go around in a mental fog, attaining a quality of consciousness that allows for clarity and calm is both beneficial for the person and essential for the common good.

      • kanewischer says:

        I couldn’t agree with you more. I have found that I am a better person in general when I have the time and space to do my creative work. If everyone on earth were doing what they were called to do, I believe they would be conscious and the world as a whole would be a better place in general.

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