Values are principles we live by; ethics that define our way of life, it can even be called the culture of a people. They are traits or qualities that are considered worthwhile; they represent your highest priorities and deeply held driving forces. According to www.dictionary.com, values, (Sociology) can be defined as the ideals, customs, institutions, etc., of a society toward which the people have an affective regard. These values may be positive, as cleanliness, freedom, or education, or negative, as cruelty, crime, or blasphemy. This definition implies that people have an emotional investment (either for or against something) in their values. Values can be personal, familial, organizational and national. A value system is a set of consistent values and measures. A principle value is a foundation upon which other values and measures of integrity are based. Values are considered subjective; they vary across people and cultures and are in many ways aligned with belief and belief systems. Societal values define the acceptable standards which govern the behavior of individuals within the society. Without such values, individuals will pursue behaviors that are in line with their own individual value systems, which may lead to behaviors that the society does not wish to encourage. Below are some values that I propose for our country: Value of the individual The individual has rights above that of general society and government. Success occurs at the level of the individual. People should not have to fight for their rights. The government should protect the rights of the individual, not the other way around. Also, this relates to the value placed on the life of individuals - should we embrace capital punishment or not? Tribal equality All people are equal; physically and in the opportunities they deserve. This includes differences in tribe, gender, disability, age, sexual preference and so on. Discrimination in any form is wrong. Efficiency and pragmatism Solution is more important than ideology. Utility is more important than show. A key question to any idea is "Will it work?" Dignity of Labor The man that works has a right to be paid; the employer is not giving him a gift but under obligation to pay the worker. The man that works hard should not be regarded as common. Accountability and Transparency Every man is answerable to the other; any course of action that cannot be defended before a group of reasonable men is wrong. Recompense The man who lives in line with the values of the society should be rewarded. When a man who lives an amoral life is honored and awarded the highest honors in the land; no one is inclined to adhere to the proper values that make for a peaceful and productive society. This is in no way exhaustive but it can be the starting point for the building of a lasting and productive value system.