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Scot Wilcox


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What's most important to you?

I've asked this question to thousands of people so far. I find it intensely interesting. The most common answers are family, human relationships, a job, money, school, yourself, and following your dreams. What about you? What thing, person, time, event, or belief is most important to you?

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    Jan 9 2013: Being a catalyst for positive change
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    . . 100+

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    Jan 11 2013: LOVE; The source of ALL things good.
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    Jan 10 2013: My present and future family you see, after anyone would be gone your family will stay because you are a part of it and no one else could ever take your place in it.
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    Jan 9 2013: Love. The love of God; love for family and friends; love for humanity.
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    Jan 9 2013: Health
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    Gail . 50+

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    Jan 8 2013: Self-awareness.
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    Jan 8 2013: I've lived enough to know that what is important changes over time. For instance, when I wake up in the morning the most important thing is coffee. And there is trouble if coffee is not near by.

    But if you are talking about values, those are usually consistent. My values have not changed much over time. I value my family, myself, and others in that order. Others include 4 legged animals. Sometimes I value 4 legged creatures over the 2 legged kind.
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    Jan 8 2013: I don't have children yet, but I have always been excited thinking about the day I do have a child. I think that they will be most important to me.
  • Jan 11 2013: Freedom.
    When everyone else wants security, I want freedom.
    It is unwieldy, wild, ferocious, frightening and full of life.
    It is what has been fought for since the beginning of time, so I consider it important.

    It is becoming more rare day-by-day.
  • Jan 9 2013: I value being independent.
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      Jan 9 2013: I think this is an interesting response, what does independence mean in the context that you are using it?
      • Jan 10 2013: Being able to provide/take care of myself and doing what I want to do.
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    Jan 9 2013: For me everything is important that i do with focus and seriousness.
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    Jan 8 2013: Probably I enjoy becoming more knowledgeable, knowing more about life.
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    Jan 8 2013: Obviously,
    It is to keep my DNA alive ---- life goal.
    In order to keep my DNA alive, I have to keep all humankind's alive, too.
    Or, there will be wars. .... human self-exticntion.

    (For human life goal, see the 1st article, points 1-3 at https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=D24D89AE8B1E2E0D&id=D24D89AE8B1E2E0D%21283&sc=documents)