Respect is key: wherever you're coming from is valid. I'm *very* clear about not judging people. I'm kind and compassionate without being spineless.
Ursula K. LeGuin (an author) is precious to me. All her books are worth reading. "The Dispossessed" and "The Left Hand of Darkness" in particular. Yes this puts me in the anarcho-syndicalist and radical feminist camps.
I watch a lot of film, finding stuff to enjoy in foreign, independent, and even some mainstream film.
Something *useful* to do
Opportunities to express myself creatively
That's about it. Take things away from me and I'll just learn more about what I *realy* need....