refer to family values, they rarely attempt to explain
what they are. It seems that their moral leadership only goes so
Different families have different values,
according to their ethnic background, religious beliefs and individual
The question arises: Is it possible
to speak of family values as if they were a homogenous
commodity throughout the land?
While specific values may differ among
families, a core commonality unites them all: a belief that human
life is precious. If we really believe that, then the values
we embrace will be decent, humane and interconnected.
Human life is precious.
It needs to be protected and nurtured with
care. It needs the concerned dynamics of family support, a caring
mother and father, loyal siblings, a community that looks beyond
the immediate gains of profit to affirm what is good in us all.
There are nations where leaders do
not consider human life to be precious. How many millions died in
the last century alone to illustrate this fact?
In America, however, we say that are
willing to fight to preserve our family values. We create laws that
generally protect them. We have commissions and agencies and recreational
programs that cater to the preservation of family. We also have
soldiers who are trained to defend us, ready to put their lives
on the line for the welfare of us all.
But in order to thrive, family values need
a richer soil than laws and programs and a ready army. They need
genuine compassion, concerned parenting, vigilance, open communication.
They need love and meaningful traditions. Forgiveness. Freedom from
greed. An atmosphere of friendship. Family values infer helping
and tolerating one another, even our neighbors, for we all belong
to a single family.
Chivalry-Now asks everyone to think
about family values, and what they mean to us all. Speak out about
them, without timidity. Question leaders about how their policies
support family values. Remind them that family values are what humanity
is all about.