Social values are the customs, belief, tastes, social practices and norms, and attitudes of a particular social community. Social value refers to the attitude or ‘code of conduct’ that an individual in certain society has to conform to.
Social values determine course of social life of a person and regulate his or her life to a great extent. It is one's commitment to social values that one can not get involved in anti-social and criminal or notorious activities.
Social values direct an Individual to maintain social harmony, to conform to what is accepted by majority of the society, and refrain him or her from doing such things those are destructive to social peace and order.
In the past social values were very compact and rigid and every individual tried best to maintain or conform to that values . But now people are unconscious and sometimes callous to social values.
Lust, greed for money and power, injustice and discrimination in society, excessive desire or mania to achieve something illegally and unfairly, and desire for material gain are the causes of present degradation of social values.
As a result we observe degradation of social values in our society. Violation and degradation of social values have adverse effects in the society.
As we see around us that youngers don't show any respect to their superiors, family ties breakdown, often a family disintegrates, children go astray, young people become drug addicted, or get involved in various anti-social and immoral activities.
These are all signs of people's loss of the sense of morality of ethics resulting from social degradation. We, should be alert to preserve social values.
To do so, we can develop intra-social relationship among its members, keep an eye on our youngers so that they are not derailed, and not allow any such things to happen that destroy people's morality and goad them to do unsocial and anti-social things.
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