What are your foundational principles?
you hold to, which guide your actions? Then you are a rare phenom-enon.
Most people don’t. Most people only do things that they must and
they do those things out of fear of punishment. Taking an action out of fear is a very low level of consciousness. It is a knee-jerk, con-
ditioned reflex reaction rather than an act borne of serious reflection and consideration of what you truly believe based on your own exp-erience and understanding. It is a crowd mentality.
Individuals, who know their principles and live according to them, do not have a crowd mentality.. The individual stands in direct opposi-
tion to culture ( cult-ure = a cult designed to pressure you into confor-ming to a given way of life.). The identity of each person needs to
be expressed in order to enrich everyone. The “normalization” pro-
cess in culture is designed to circumvent the individual realizing
who they are and what they personally stand for.
Why is knowing what you stand for, what your principles are, import-ant? If you don’t take the time to figure out what you are all about,
you may be called to act and not make a decision you can really live with. Life can put us in situations, where decisions must be made
quickly. If you are not clear what you stand for, you can end up with many regrets.
Let me give you a case in point: Many years ago, I was in a serious traffic accident. I was hit and turned into the ditch by another car. I was not at fault in the accident but with the momentum of the other
car and my own vehicle, I was hurtling through the ditch of the divid-ed highway and toward three lanes of stop and go traffic on the
other side. One of my principles is that I will do no harm to others if it is within my power to not do so. I could not undo the accident.
But it was within my power to not hit those people. I put both feet
on the brake and turned my steering wheel, flipping my own vehicle high into the air in the opposite direction. It must have been the
correct decision because I was totally unharmed and no one else
was hurt either.
So how do you know what principles you stand for?
Answer the following questions for a start.
- Is truth important to you? How important is it? Will you stand up for truth, no matter what?
- Is life important to you? How important? Should we preserve life at all costs?
- Is non-violence important? How important? Will you stand
- for peace?
- Is health important? How important? Will you dedicate yourself to your own health?
- Is love//care important? How important? Will you choose to
- care for yourself and others even when it is not easy?
- Is spirituality important? How important? Will you stand up for what you know in your heart to be true?
- Is learning/growth important? How important? Will you
- continue to learn and grow throughout your life?
- Are your connections to others important? How important? Will you show loyalty/solidarity?
- Is your connection with Nature important? How important? Do you spend time furthering your connection with Nature?
- Is equality important? How important? Do you treat others as equally valuable?
Although these ten are not exhaustive, the answers will be a good
start. Principle driven life is much more fulfilling than simple confor-mation to what society tells you is important. Conformity leads to
the murder of self, which plunges one into depression. We are each here to live according to our inner compass, not to be outer directed for someone else to exploit us. As the ancients said “Know thyself!”