Our system of values should be understood, among other things, as our attempt to cope with contingencies by making the connection between our well-being and actions less contingent and more within our control.
Gist of Idea
Values are an attempt to achieve well-being by bringing contingencies under control
John Kekes (The Human Condition , Intro)
He gives an account in which every aspect of morality focuses on human well-being. Of course, the values will dictate what constitutes that well-being, as well as good means of attaining it.
Kekes,John: 'The Human Condition' [OUP 2010], p.4