After a series of interesting events I’ve been thinking a lot about values.  The values we hold as human beings, not physical values or material values, but values like ethics, morals, honesty, loyalty, reliability…….

Do you think society in general has changed with regard to these values? Sometimes it seems as if these are not important to people any more.  I am not talking about the cliched “used car salesman” and “politician” type values – we all know these – in general – do not exist.  It is an unfortunate fact, but to get somewhere in certain professions dishonesty pays.

What about friendships, relationships?  Do you think these values are important?  What, if any, are essential to maintain that status?  Could it be a relationship changer? Or do these things not bother you? Does it differ between friendships and relationships?

I thing we generally choose friends whose moral and ethical codes are similar to ours. But we all have found ourselves in the situation where, as you get to know someone better, you find things are not quite how you thought they were. People lie – by deliberate deception, or by omission, people promise things they have no intention of delivering (no matter how big or small), they say one thing yet do another, people let you down, are unreliable.

No-one is perfect, no-one does the right thing all the time. I guess it is just a case of finding a balance of what you like and what you are prepared to put up with, what you look for in a friendship, in a relationship.  We are all different, and that is what makes the world a lot more interesting.  But sadly, this does not stop us from expecting more from people.