According to John Wareham in The Anatomy of a Great Executive (pp. 41-42)
The Paradox of Values. Most people cherish what they imagine to be an almost sacred right to hold and live by a system of values that springs from invalid and conflicting beliefs. They do so, believing that to live in accordance with one’s beliefs bestows integrity, gives meaning to life, and makes us free. The exact opposite, however, is more likely to be the case. People are mostly prisoners trapped within the cage of their own beliefs, yet unaware of any restraint.
He also says
The earlier our values are acquired, the greater their power. Early values become the voice of conscience.
According to Danny Elfman
We shape ourselves like clay from someone else’s dream.