Quests of the Human Spirit, Part 3: The Quest for Values, 1962 February 18


For Thurman, the quest for value cannot be distinguished from the human experience of meaning. He suggests that ideas regarding value are not created in isolation within the mind, but they are “indigenous to the very life of personality.” The content of values largely reflects our communities of meaning and when one begins to develop a personal way of assessing them through her own experiences, she arrives at what Thurman terms a “priority of value.” This means that individual knowledge of values must eventually come into an alignment of integrity with those of one’s world to arrive at a satisfying sense of self. In monotheistic religion, this is manifest in the awareness of God.

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