07 January 2015

Values Are Not Universal

Derived from the World Values Survey (and international version of the General Social Survey) via a very thoughtful post at Gene Expression in response to a terrorist attack in Paris (see also recent posts of his here and here).

Pay particular attention to the top right corner of the chart.  Half of my ancestors were Swedish speaking, and I guess, somehow or other, the sentiment must have rubbed off on me as well.

Also, while values are not universal at any given time, that doesn't necessarily mean that human beings deep down, are fundamentally different.  Values change when you put people in different contexts.  Values can change.  Ideally, from leaders within the society that is changing.  Values do not exist divorced from the society in which one lives.

And, to complete that thought:

Some past posts on the motives of terrorists are found here, and here, and here, and here, and here.

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