Let's talk about "value" today. Let's not talk about ideologies, morals, or hardcore principles of certain philosophies. Instead, let's talk about a narrative.
You have a genius sketch of an object that represents your ultimate ideal, and a vacant land. Now you want to make your sketch real by building something. You will have to face the reality of materials, cost, craftsmanship, and availability of scale on the basis of a human being. You are smart enough to quickly realize that this "built object" is no way what you were original sketching, and very likely you won't be disappointed as long as the process of development is validated. But would you ever be satisfied, instead of getting peace out of compromising, without an essential backing behind the process?
Compromising is inevitable, and the principle of this action can be volatile as well as absolutely empirical. It is your freedom of choice--or the manifestation of your free will, and it is not the point. The point is that pushing through the other path, out of practice, to find the backing "value" is a rewarding exercise, even if by nature the statement above is a posteriori.
A simple solution: clean up all the irrelevant and make the most beautiful thing.
I have been speculating what should be the core value for me as a designer. The most aspiration comes from the desire to embrace imagination, to enjoy ultimate beauty and to be enriched by the depth of life itself. Why is paradigm important? Let's take it as a part of conversation, or a tool for a fighting, and that's all.
Part of the content has been deleted and rebuilt again and again. Like what some other beings do, this is the authentic struggle striving for something that cannot be named. However, despite knowing that nobody is to blame me, I would feel bad for leaving it behind if merely because of its incapability to be named...