"The values I propose are supported by reason, experience, and insight from many different cultures and millennia of history. For lack of a better term, I call them the "values of the wise." Evidence for the merit of these particular values and virtues has been drawn from the great minds and unsung heroes of our time, as well as the now-silent voices of the past, representing many belief systems from around the world. They extol peace as much as they do confidence; they praise humor as well as dedication; and they mutually support both liberty and responsibility. They encourage one to “live a life of value.” These 38 values are a minority of the possible number of values, but they theoretically capture the aspirations and mindset of the wise person – which can be instructive for how we ought to live as individuals and as a society."
-- Jason Merchey