We live in a society that seems to give value when there isn’t any. People have value not based off of their virtues and achievements, but based on their exterior or if they belong to a collective group. We also live in a society where we measure our own value based on whether or not others see value or not.
So, the question is… Do you have value?
Learn to Value yourself, which means: Fight for your happiness. -Ayn Rand
We need to step back a moment and really look at ourselves. We need to ask ourselves this question, we also need to determine where our measure of value is coming from. If it’s coming anywhere other than ourselves, then it’s not real. I believe we should be able to be objective towards ourselves and look at who we are and what we are doing. Do we have value? Do we have something we are contributing?
Let’s not get caught up in defining our value based in altruism, but define it based in objectivism. We need to develop a sense of self sustainability, not take what we don’t deserve. Having value is the most important thing a person can have. It’s also something that everyone is entitled to if they as the individual makes the effort to earn it. That’s the beauty of it. If you as an individual, acknowledge your own value, then you have power, regardless of race, gender, orientation, ancestry, etc.
We cannot depend on others to give us value. We will never have value if we’re always waiting to hear what others think. We have to find it in ourselves. When we find the value in ourselves, we are able to see the value and virtue in other people and in their achievements. We need to surround ourselves with others who see their own values as individuals.
We also need to stop giving value to others who haven’t shown their value as individuals. Giving someone value just because they belong to a collective group, regardless of that group is harmful. It doesn’t inspire creativity, ambition or productivity. Wouldn’t it be great if as a whole, we were rewarded based on our individual values and virtues and not given freely to people who haven’t worked to deserve it?
When we see the value in ourselves, we have confidence, we find a drive that’s been hidden away. We work hard to achieve rewards we deserve based on our virtue and works. Having an objectivist view of ourselves and other people helps us to become united as individuals. Seeing the value in ourselves gives us power and meaning.
So, do you have value?
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me? -Ayn Rand