Valuables Versus Values

7 min readJan 21


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“The things that will destroy us are politics without principle, pleasure without conscience, wealth without work, knowledge without character, business without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Valuables are often thought of as material possessions, such as money and property, while values are the principles and beliefs that guide our actions and decision-making. While valuables are often seen as a measure of success and status in society, they do not necessarily bring true satisfaction or meaning to life. On the other hand, values such as integrity, compassion, and self-awareness are essential for leading a fulfilling and meaningful life. Let us explore the importance of balancing valuables and values to achieve true happiness and contentment.

True happiness in life can be achieved if we explore the importance of balancing valuables and values. Henry Ford was a multimillionaire; however, he made his son work as a polisher of boots for the public so that he can understand the value of valuables later on in his life.

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The Importance Of Valuables In Society

Valuables play a significant role in society as they are often used as a measure of success and status. People tend to equate wealth, material possessions, and property with success and happiness. This is why many individuals strive to accumulate more valuables, believing that this will bring them greater satisfaction and pleasure. However, the pursuit of valuables can become an obsession, leading to negative consequences such as materialism, greed, and a lack of empathy. It’s important to remember that valuables are temporary, and they cannot replace the true meaning and purpose in our lives.

You must have recently heard the story of a great businessman who survived in two-bedroom house although he was a multimillionaire, he could not imbibe value to his son and ultimately the greedy son left him in solitude and misery.

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The Role Of Values In Our Lives

Values are the principles and beliefs that guide our actions and decision-making. They shape our character, and personality and help us to understand and navigate the world around us. Values such as integrity, honesty, compassion, and self-awareness, are essential for leading a fulfilling and meaningful life. They help us to understand what is important to us and what we stand for. They serve as a moral compass that helps us make the right decisions and to live in a way that is consistent with our beliefs. When we live according to our values, we feel more fulfilled and satisfied in life.

Some people are very busy earning money even in undesirable ways and later on suffer in their lives and are sometimes directed to Rigorous Imprisonment due to evil acts. However, there are industrialists like Ratan Tata and Narayan Murthy who will be remembered in our lives for decades due to their generosity and exceptional humble approaches to serving people.

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The Limitations Of Valuables

While valuables such as money and material possessions may bring temporary happiness and satisfaction, they ultimately do not bring true fulfilment or meaning in life. Many people find that after they’ve acquired a certain level of wealth or material possessions, they still feel unfulfilled and empty. This is because valuables are external and external things can never truly satisfy our internal desires for meaning and purpose. Additionally, valuables are often fleeting and can be taken away at any time, they can’t provide the lasting happiness and satisfaction that values can. Values, on the other hand, are internal and can never be taken away. They provide a sense of purpose and meaning that can sustain us through difficult times.

You cannot stay in many bedrooms flats at a time. The properties which you are not useful to utilize for yourself or others may be a waste during your lifetime or when you leave this earth. Some people have a huge amount in the banks and growing leaps and bound but unless you are not using it, it is merely useless material.

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Balancing Valuables And Values

To achieve true happiness and fulfilment in life, it’s important to balance the pursuit of valuables with the cultivation of values. One way to do this is to set goals that align with our values and use valuables as a means to achieve those goals. For example, if one of your values is to help others, you could use your wealth and resources to support charitable causes or start a business that provides jobs to the community. Additionally, it’s important to be mindful of how we spend our time and energy. Instead of solely focusing on accumulating valuables, it’s important to make time for activities and relationships that align with our values.

Many businessmen are very busy increasing their worth, but their children are not getting enough time with them. Most of the time they are with servants or drivers. They do not become sentimental when their parents die but they are much more emotional when their loyal servants leave or die because they have spent maximum time with them or are cared for by them.

Another way to balance valuables and values is by having a clear understanding of the difference between our needs and wants. By prioritizing our needs over our wants, we can avoid falling into the trap of materialism and instead use our valuables to support our values and goals.

Ultimately, it’s about finding the right balance between valuables and values. By doing so, we can lead a fulfilling and meaningful life, with valuables as a means to support our values and goals, rather than as an end in ourselves.

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The Dangers Of Valuables

An excessive focus on valuables can lead to negative consequences such as materialism, greed, and a lack of empathy. Materialism is the belief that material possessions and wealth are the keys to happiness and fulfilment. This mindset can lead individuals to overlook important things in life such as relationships, personal growth, and community. Greed is an excessive desire for wealth or material possessions, which can lead to harmful behavior such as exploitation, manipulation, or even illegal activities. A lack of empathy is when an individual is so focused on their gain that they become insensitive to the needs and well-being of others. This can harm relationships and lead to a lack of community and social connections.

Furthermore, an excessive focus on valuables can lead to a distorted sense of priorities, which can cause individuals to overlook important aspects of life such as health, family and friends, and personal growth. This can lead to a lack of balance and an unfulfilling life. It’s important to remember that valuables are only a small part of life and that values and relationships are essential for true fulfilment and meaning.

There are several examples when parents die, their children are abroad and sometimes not able to attend the funeral and they send money for the last rites of their parents. The money thus earned has no value if you are not able to care for your close relatives.

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The Impact Of Valuables On Relationships And Society

The pursuit of valuables can have a detrimental effect on relationships and society as a whole. When individuals are overly focused on accumulating wealth and material possessions, they may neglect their relationships and responsibilities. This can lead to a lack of trust, communication, and mutual understanding in personal relationships, and can cause strain and even breakups.

In a broader sense, the excessive focus on valuables can also lead to a lack of empathy and concern for the well-being of others. This can cause individuals to become more self-centered and less likely to engage in acts of kindness, volunteerism, or community service. Additionally, the wide gap between the wealthy and poor can lead to social unrest and divisions in society, as those who lack access to valuables may feel excluded, marginalized, and resentful.

By focusing on values such as empathy, compassion, and social responsibility, individuals can not only improve their relationships but also make positive contributions to society as a whole.

A person who is wealthy but lacks compassion and integrity in their interactions with others. They may have all the material possessions they could ever want, but they’ll still feel unfulfilled and alone. On the other hand, a person who may not have as much wealth, but is compassionate and has a strong sense of integrity, will have a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

I can never forget the incident when my grandfather was very sick for three months and my father left his government job forever to attend to him and cure him completely. Grandfather lived for 99 years, and father had a very great life. I learned some of the principles and values from them and had a very happy family with a literate, but caring wife and two beautiful kids highly paid in their jobs but most obedient and humble children.

Take Away

1. The greatest treasure is not money or material possessions, but the richness of one’s character, values, and relationships.

2. Money can’t buy love, but it can buy the things that make love possible.

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Former aircraft engineer IAF, Retired Branch Manager SBI, Psychologist, Best Selling Author & Defence Recruitment Trainer