Life on earth is brilliantly interconnected.  Values such as a commitment to equity for all people, an appreciation of beauty, a desire for the well being of all, respect for all of life, a sense of humility, and a desire for peace- all these and others arise naturally from a holistic understanding of life.  Values inform and animate any practical actions that societies take to meet the needs of their members.  Values form the overarching context or lens through which any action is evaluated.  If we think of values as a society's "operating system," all of that society's "applications"- economic, political, social, ecological- will be informed by the operating system- its basic values.