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Where have the value systems gone.

Where have the value systems gone.

All of us would have heard our parents speaking about good values like truth, honesty, respect for elders, obedience etc. Individual values and virtues seems to be fast going towards extinction. There is definite pattern of negative values like corruption, youngsters going astray, much against the parent’s wishes and commands.

I may not have experienced, but definitely read about the value systems that were imbibed during the ages of GURU-Sishya parampara. It is believed that the respect to elders, teachers, parents, being straightforward, and humility were firmly entrenched into the heart and minds of the students. Now after the modern education system taking over from the traditional GURU-Shishya form, the imparting of value systems has taken lower importance to wealth acquisition and other aspects of competitive living.

Just as the atmosphere is being polluted by all aspects of industrilisation, the modern education also seems to be polluting the minds with negative values in the society.

Individuals are not born with any values. It is to be provided to the younger generation, by imparting good values by seniors and setting examples for them to observe and assimilate.

The family is the first school for imparting good value systems. If the family practices good value systems, then the society and consequently all around would be representatives of the practice of value systems leading to a strong and capable society.

Respect for Elders, Caring for the aged, being sensitive to the handicapped, Honesty, Loyalty, discipline are some of the virtues which have to be revived, quickly and efficiently for the society to survive. Otherwise the doomsday is not very far.

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3 Responses

  1. Proto_de_Goa says:

    It may appear that the value system is deteriorating and it is termed by some as kalyug.
    But as you have highlighted in your earlier article Key to successful relationships it is we who have to change our own behavior and all the change is immanent in the progress we are making.

    Respecting elders dosen’t mean senseless worship (as in GURU-Sishya parampara), today a knowledgeable person will question certain objectionable issues, however when it conflicts with the elders hard-coded traditional practices such a situation arises and gives an apparition of a degraded value system.

    Yes the values are there but rather refined. (not involving the uncivilized characters)
    For and example: A person differs in opinion over cast system and has to live separate from the family after marriage and be deprived of inheritance or his contribution for support is refused by stubborn elders. It gives a bad picture to the society that this individual has abandoned his family.

    In effect life is changing and each individual has to change with it and he who holds on to his old beliefs is a stumbling block to the progress of mankind.

    Corruption is a symptom not a diseases in itself.

    I agree more with your previous article.

  2. lkjhgf says:

    I do agree that some of the child is worst then ever to their parents but there is also the mistakes of some of the parents that doesnot create the environment which makes their child to understand this rituals.

    The virtue lies in the struggle, not the prize.

  3. Service_to_all says:


    Please review my last line of the blog. If respecting elders (doesnt necessarily mean questioning), being sensitive to the handicapped, Honesty, Loyalty, discipline are to be overlooked in the name of progress, then such a progress is only going to make the society chaotic making life miserable to all.

    If corruption is a symptom and if you consider it a pre-cursor to the onset of a disease, dont you think the value systems will have to be looked into and a serious thought given to it. Moreover, the symptom of corruption which you have referred, is the effect of lack of all the value systems, which have gone into oblivion.


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