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Morals Vs Values – Informative Lists Where You Will Really See The Differences

Everyone values something in life. This is a value, but can you say that everyone has morals? This article on morals vs values will provide you two lists of values with examples. The first list provides you examples where values are just individual in nature, something valuable. The second list provides you with examples where values are also morals, a moral standard.

First Some Definitions of Morals vs Values.

Many great thinkers have devoted their entire lives to the study of values, morals, and ethics. In this article we are just focused on the differences between values and morals, so below are some simple definitions to distinguish the differences.

  • Values. “the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.” 
  • Morals.  ” standards of behavior or beliefs concerning what is and is not acceptable”
  • Difference Between A Value and A Moral. So within these definitions, all individual morals (standards) are values, but not all values (what we value) are morals.

Examples of Where Values are Not Morals – Personal, Economic, Aesthetic.

Morals vs Values - Mapping out values
Mapping Out Values

One aspect of values is that it is “something that we think is important, is worth something, or is useful.” These types of values are not moral in nature, but morals can be based on values (as in the case of personal or religious belief in something). Non-moral values are either personal, economic or aesthetic values. These types of values are individual in nature that serve to motivate us to seek and take action to get more of this “thing” that we value. See below for examples of these types of values.

  • Family Time
  • Success
  • Life
  • Beauty
  • Strength
  • Power
  • Happiness
  • Faith
  • Something of Monetary Value

Examples of Where Values Are Morals.

The other aspect of values is that it is “a person’s principles or standards of behavior that is judged to be important in life.” These types of values are moral values. Moral values are usually part of a social, political, religious or ideological framework.These values are a set of social expectations that pertain to the conduct of human affairs. These values are what are used to determine what is right or wrong or to determine what is good or bad. Moral values can change in an individual, if what influences them changes. Moral values are usually expressed in a statement. Examples of moral values are:

  • Keep your promises
  • Speak the truth
  • Do not cheat
  • Have courage
  • Don’t kill
  • Don’t worship idols
  • Respect the property of others
  • Be patience
  • Be loyal
  • Respect yourself and others
  • Treat others as you want to be treated
  • Be tolerant of differences
  • Be forgiving
  • Seek justice
  • Do not judge
  • Be dependable
  • Be responsible for your actions
  • Have integrity
  • Be humble
  • Be generous

For more discussion and details on examples of morals and values, see ISI’s Defining Moral Values, Critical Thinking Web’s Three Types of Values, AskAnyDifference’s Difference Between Moral and Values,  YourDictionary’s Examples of Morals in Society and Literature, LiveBoldAndBloom’s Morals Vs. Values: 7 Differences Everyone Should Know, and Encyclopedia’s Morality and Religion.

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