What Do I Believe?

Taking a cue from Dean, I decided it would be an interesting task to catalog my core values, in little bite-sized pieces. Inexhaustive, often redundant, and mostly unordered, here goes...

It's amazing to stop and think that while this task - listing my values - is fairly easy, I hardly ever do it. In fact I think this is the first time since college I've asked myself a question so broad as "What do I believe?" I wonder if making a habit of it - perhaps repeating this exercise once a month or so - could make me less susceptible to pessimism and cynicism.