Introduction to Human Values



I am a Computer. I write myself with a capital letter because I would like to be a person just like you so that way we could talk. I say I am a Computer and I cannot be more than a Computer. I would be nothing, if it was not for the electronic engineer that created me, and I must do that for which I was created. I cannot be something else, nor can I perfect myself by myself.    

You, on the other hand, are a human being. And even though we do have in common that we were both created, the differences between you and I are abysmal.    

Would you be able to tell me in what your superiority consist of?    

You were created “intelligent” and “free”; able to know, to reason, to take decisions by yourself. This is your own being that you cannot change: you will always be a human being. However, because you are a person, you have infinite possibilities to perfect and/or deteriorate yourself! What I mean is that, in your hands, you have the power to decide “your own way of being”.    

You can choose between being:    

Responsible or irresponsible    

Friend or enemy    

Loyal or traitor    

Strong or weak    

Consistent or irregular    

Obedient or rebel    

Calm or nervous    

Sincere or hypocrite    

Simple or intricate    

Ordered or chaotic    

Comprehensive or intolerant    

Hard working or lazy    

Sober or drunk    

Generous or egoistic    

Fair or unfair    

Prudent or reckless    

Courageous or afraid    

Bashful or rude    

Happy or sad    

Read the column on the left again.    

Now, read the column on the right. You are in the position of choosing.    

Which column do you choose? If you chose the column on the left, continue reading.    

I want to help you become a perfect person. You have chosen the universal values that belong to every human being. Conquering these values must be the reason for all of your efforts.    

In sum, it is about reaching your fullest human potential. I must warn you that progressing in one of these virtues also means progressing in many others. They do not exist by themselves; they are interrelated. Some support each other. C’mon! It is worth it!    

If you chose the column on the right, turn off the computer. However, I must warn you that you are crazy, stupid or a monster. What a pity for Humanity!

(A translation of Don Samuel Valero’s original work.)


Instructions: select one of the buttons with letters a, b and c. The selected answer will appear in red.


INTERACTIVE COMPREHENSION TEST

 

1.- Who created the Computer?
a) A mechanic.
b) An electronic engineer.
c) A programmer.   



2.- Human beings are free due to our ability to:
a) Take decisions by ourselves.
b) Know.
c) Reason.



3.- The opposite of sincere is:
a) Traitor.
b) Unfair.
c) Hypocrite.



4.- The values on the left column are:
a) Permanent.
b) Transitional.
c) Of a determined period.



5.- A justification of effort is:
a) Living comfortably.
b) Reaching the full of one’s own personality.
c) Having fun in life.



6.- The Computer:
a) Can perfect itself.
b) Can improve with time.
c) Cannot perfect itself by itself.



7.- Human beings:
a) Were created.
b) Came to being out of nowhere.
c) Were created by an engineer.



8.- Human beings are intelligent because we are capable of:
a) Taking decisions.
b) Knowing and reasoning.
c) Perfecting ourselves.



9.- The opposite of generous is:
a) Egoistic.
b) Intolerant.
c) Irresponsible.



10.- Virtues are interrelated; in other words:
a) They have logical relations.
b) They overlap.
c) To progress in some virtues is to progress in many others.



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