By What Values Do You Live?

Earth as a central value - Ilchi Lee

One value to unify all. Photo courtesy of David Siqueira.

How can you evaluate your values? How can you decide what is worth pursuing or worth using as guidance for your life? So far, your character, religion, ideology, nation, or family may have given you your values. But the values these sources provide are actually relative, rather than absolute values. They only make up a portion of the whole. You can tell they provide relative values by the countless conflicts between tribes, nations, and religions that have stained human history. These conflicts could be said to be the result of competition between relative values aspiring to reach the status of absolute values. Since they were trying to be the ultimate value when they’re actually relative values, conflict and struggle were inevitable.

Even when the value being advocated was peace, the results were the same. Peace that is centered around a single religion or nation can only end up in conflict because each has its own different center. Each different idea of peace or group of people advocating their kind of peace fights with the others.

It makes sense to me, then, to have one center—a core value that unifies all others, one around which the others revolve, and, in that way, unifies all people as well.

After thinking about it, I realized that that core value is the earth. The earth is not merely a lump of land given to you to stand on, but the foundation of all of the values you pursue, the root of your life, and your very Life itself. Our common and ultimate dependence on the earth makes it the one and only thing that can become the central value around which all of human consciousness can be gathered as one. Whatever value or truth you may desire to follow for your own existence, it becomes feasible only when it is premised on the existence of the earth.

By remembering that you and everything around you share the same single origin, and that that origin is ultimately the earth, you can overcome the limitations of perception that are heritage, ideology, religion, and culture. You can widen the scope of your consciousness and evaluate all ideas and values against this core one by determining, “Is this value good for the whole earth?” By clinging faithfully to the earth as a central value, you can live as one with all humanity. When everyone respects each other from a perspective of the earth as our central value, then we will be able to lay the groundwork for true peace.

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  • Zavry W. Zaid
    June 1, 2012 6:12 pm

    Earth as core value and center of universe!?…..What about the existence of any reality beyond material reality?….Where is God-Allah the Almighty?…Saalom ‘aleekem….gbu.

    • From what I’ve read and heard of Ilchi Lee’s teachings, he doesn’t think of the earth as inanimate, but rather one of the things through which humans can access the source of life (God?). In one Korean spiritual tradition, the universe was formed by Mago, which translates into Mother Earth. I guess what I’m saying is that when Ilchi Lee talks about the earth, he is including reality beyond material reality.

  • Earth as a central value…great start to unifying all our hearts. What else has such power to sustain the minds and consumption of 7 billion people. I think we owe the earth a bit of gratitude. How else can we come together and stop our values from causing conflicts that destroys the earth.

  • Thank you for this posting. I will continue to contemplate my relationship to the Earth, as well as, all that also exists together with the Earth.

  • Thinking of the earth as the CORE allows all of us to live as ONE! Not separated by, “your god and my god,” or “your nation and my nation”. It makes us all as one humanity! Isn’t that where we want to be? No division, no feeling superior, no fighting. All of us looking out for everyone else, living as one! HEAVEN ON EARTH!!!

  • Thank you for explaining so clearly what the central value of humanity should be and how peace can be achieved.


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