Values serve the advancement of societies by connecting us as individuals with the larger communities around us. This connection was traditionally made via mediating institutions such as the family, church, and schools. However, when these institutions break down, as is happening for many people today, the values they support can be compromised and one must be willing to reappraise and rebuild one's values from scratch.
There is a crucial need for society and the world's political leaders to strengthen the role of values - such as love, respect, tolerance and creativity - and finance organisations that teach them. That could prevent or perhaps reverse the spread of hatred and violence originating from neglect and alienation - Ildi Trencsenyi, Budapest, letter to Time, 28/11/05