The Core Values and Principles
The Fundamentals of the American Worldview
Every Worldview is broken up into four levels of depth. The second level is considered to be the formation of certain values and principles based on the philosophical presuppositions. The brute facts and beliefs found at the philosophical level are assembled together into coherent, mutually supporting sets of deductive and inferential arguments that identify certain values and principles. These values and principles become more applicable to everyday life, and form more directly the way an individual thinks and makes decisions.
Values are those things which are held to be of moral importance. They are desired objects or immaterial ideals that are sought after and are typically attributed moral qualities. When a person makes decisions, they consider what their values are and how the given situation relates to or impacts their values. Those things which tend to take away, damage, or destroy the values the individual holds to are typically viewed as evil or bad. Then those things which support, preserve, and promote the values of the individual are typically views as good or holy.
Principles are those things which, when followed or applied, bring about the ability to achieve or produce the values the individual holds. When the principles are lived out, that which is of true value can be maintained or supported. When the principles are not followed, the values are still important and may still be experienced, but not in the ideal way. Another way to say this is that the principles will result in producing the ideal desired.
Laws are descriptions of the way things consistently operate when allowed to act without external interference. When applied to the fundamental level of a Worldview, the “Fundamental Laws” of a worldview are those things that naturally result from applying the principles and seeking to maintain the values, or the failure to do both. They tend to be the inevitable outcomes both in a positive sense, and a negative one.