What is most important in life?


Yuri, a Japanese student, began asking all her friends and acquaintances what was most important to them in life.

Her two roommates said “Money.”  Some of her friends said “Money” also and gave reasons. “Money is the most important thing in life because without it you can’t do anything”,  they said.  “You can’t live without money.”

Yuri agreed that money was very important and many decisions were based on whether one had enough money or not.  However, she began to think that “being happy” was the most important thing in life.  But then, as she thought further, she decided that she most wanted her mother and her brother to be happy in life.  This was most important to her.

Have you ever asked your friends “what’s most important to you?”  Do you know what’s most important in life to your friends?  To your parents?  To your brothers or sisters?

Ask yourself the question – “what is most important to me in life?”  What are some possible answers?   Has your idea of what is most important changed over your lifetime?  Why has it changed and in what way?

How would you rank the importance of family, friends, money, a home, an education, religion, helping other people or something else in your life?  Do you think most people in your native culture are similar to you?  Why or why not?

What would you like to be remembered for after you are dead?  Imagine what the newspaper might say about you after you are dead.  Do you care what others think about you?  Why or why not?

Two famous ladies died in the same year.  One had a lot of money, one had none.  What do you think was most important to Princess Diana and Mother Teresa?  If you could trade places with one of those famous ladies, which would you choose?  If you could trade places with anyone in history, who would you choose?



            Jesus was asked, “What’s the most important commandment” in the law of Israel?  His answer was quotes from the law of Moses:

            First - “Hear, O Israel.  The Lord your God is one God.  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”  And second – “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

***What do you think of these principles?  How do they compare with what is valued in modern cultures of the world?