- makes the assumption that we have a clear sense of what we value in these areas
- assumes that when our choices are aligned with our values, the result of those choices will also be good for our communities and society as a whole
- implies that choices aligned with our values will actually yield "lives we want", when most of us tend to want way too much to begin with
- ignores the interconnectedness of our choices with the decisions and values of the people and organizations around us
What triggered these thoughts was an excellent article from Dave Pollard, who I read often, but haven't linked to yet. This one is a great introduction to his take on personal responsibility in the way we set up our lives: What I'm Doing to Help "Save the World".