What about modern values. Where do they come from?

Over the last few days I’ve been thinking about values, what I stand for and where my values come from.

The world has changed even more in the last week with more terror attacks and the US Supreme Court finally ruling that same-sex marriage is a legal right nationwide.

We live in a global world.

We are all in this together.

What do values mean in a global world? Are they connected to a nation, religious beliefs, a strong leader? Or are they connected to something else?

I think they are connected to our times. Modern times. An era of new ideas and shared global values.

Modern values include people’s right to live together in a society that accepts everyone for who they are, and where you’re free to be who you are unless you are physically or mentally hurting someone else.

I’ve chosen to work as an international speaker and when I made that choice I threw myself into a journey of learning. It would be very difficult to be an international speaker if I had a narrow mindset full of prejudice towards people who are not like me, who don’t think like I do or have a similar background to me.

I’m lucky that I’ve been able to practise opening my mind by living in London, the most international city in the world. In my work I collaborate with people based all over the world.

I was born in Sweden and my parents are open-minded and they both taught me a lot about accepting people for who they are, our global world, being thoughtful and caring for other people.

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A modern world with modern values involves many things. Here are some thoughts about what a modern world means to me right now:

  • Freedom of thought and expression
  • A right to education for everyone
  • Acceptance between people, cultures and lifestyles
  • Being reliable and saying what you mean
  • Caring for nature
  • Being authentic and standing up for your values
  • Everyone having the right to a safe and secure life
  • Modern values also welcome innovation, creativity and new thinking

What I would like to represent as a speaker, educator and entertainer is a modern world in modern times – a world full of acceptance, tolerance and freedom.

I’m very happy I live at a time when change for the better is possible, when many of my friends on Facebook share their rainbow flag profile pictures.

Equality and freedom movements are strong and I hope many more people will put in the energy, time and resources we need to continue to live together in a better way.

Thank you for reading my post.

Sofie Sandell

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