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Where were you born?

Edward Korbal, co-president of the RSHI Board, shares a series of prompting questions on birthplace inspired by a recent board meeting discussion and Chapter 1 of Freedom to Live. These provocative questions could serve as journal prompting or rich discussion. 

"Whether you are a national or a foreigner depends upon the accident of birthplace. I could just as well been born a Russian, an Englishman, or an American. For the state to value the nonessential accident of birthplace higher than the essential of birth itself, one’s life, seemed to me degrading and undignified. It seemed to me that I was born to live for humanity, that the importance of being born was that and nothing else." 
Freedom to Live: The Robert S. Hartman Story; Hartman, 2013, p. 15
I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA – I am an American. But I could just as well have been born an Australian, a Ukrainian, a Cuban, or a North Korean.
Where was your birthplace?
Does your birthplace determine your value?
Hartman spent his life searching for the answer to the following question. What is the value of a human life?
Recently, I was heartbroken by a comment made by one of our Institute Board Members during our quarterly Board Meeting who shared with us that they will likely face some challenges in getting a travel visa to attend our annual conference here in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in October.
This caused me to reflect, and I am also posing the following questions for your reflection:
Is their freedom to live of less value than mine?  Than yours?
Who gets to determine this?  The accident of our birthplace?
Does the value of a human life change according to the time, context, and circumstances in which you were born and in which you currently live?
What is the value of your life?

“I Was Born To Die”

Edward Korbal, co-president of the RSHI Board, shares his thoughts on the four questions posed by Dr. Hartman in Chapter 1 of Freedom to Live. These provocative questions are a launch point for generating intrinsic, extrinsic, and systemic value in the world. 

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Focusing on the Self View (Part 2) Side of the HVP

Clifford G. Hurst, PhD shares a commentary regarding board member and axiologist, Sophie Coulthard's, lecture for the 2022 46th Annual Robert S. Hartman Institute Conference. He shares insight into the value of using Rho Scores and shares wisdom from the Dalai Lama regarding focus on the external world.

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The Timeless Principles of Applying Axiology to Every Person, Situation, and Thing

The 45th Annual Robert S. Hartman Institute Conference theme was Timeless Principles: Thinking Better and Living Fully. The conference spanned three days and multiple sessions throughout the Fall months. Each session featured a vast array of speakers united in the institute’s mission to continue to change the world for the better by transforming value systems to be Relationships (Intrinsic) > Results (Extrinsic) > Strategy (Systemic).

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What Am I Here for In This World

Suzie Price, RSHI Board Member shares why she is involved in the Robert S. Hartman Institute and why Hartman's work "grabbed" her heart and soul and has not 'let her go' since she was first certified in value science 15+ years ago.

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Reflections about the Situation We Are In

Clifford G. Hurst (VP of Research at the Robert S. Hartman Institute) reflects on the current global situation with COVID-19 declared a pandemic and brings Robert S. Hartman's words to life from unpublished manuscript "A Revolution Against War."

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