America’s Personal Values Compared Great Indian authors have written grand epics that depict heroic characters performing virtuous deeds. Many of these epic tales feature fearsome and godly battles, while others highlight the soft side of human emotions. Despite seemingly unrealistic characters such as talking hawks and ten-headed monsters, and unlikely conflicts that feature bloody battles, many of these grand epics display many traditional values that Americans value in modern society. When construing three particular celebrated Indian epics (“the Mahabharata,” “the Bhagavad-Gita,” and “the Ramayana”), readers would easily glean the values and belief system that Ancient Indian society held in high esteem many thousands of years ago.
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However, as with all cultures, society is not perfect and not everybody has integrity. As in the story, where the king’s assistants and courtiers advise the king to break his promise, there exist in real life individuals in American society who display a lack of veracity. Countless news stories feature dishonest politicians and public officials. Certainly if all Americans adopt the same level of honor as the king in the Mahabharata, many of America’s issues would alleviate.
The primary value the second story, the Bhagavad-Gita, promotes is duty. This work of literature deals with the conflict the main character, Arjuana, faces. As a warrior, he is responsible for going to war whenever society heeds the call of battle. Yet he is at odds with himself, because he has qualms with the idea of killing his brothers and uncles on the battlefield; “How can I greet them with arrows, in battle? If I kill them, how can I ever enjoy my wealth, or any other pleasure?” (From the Bhagavad-Gita). Sri Krishna, Arjuana’s advisor, chastises him for falling on his duty as a warrior and instructs Arjuana about the idea of individual souls and reincarnation. For thousands of years, Hindu society has divided itself into a