Principles – good or bad?
Living by a set of principles, what is it good for?
|Danny Lowell Thompson
Principles allow one to operate under an easy set of morals.
But what if we turn it the other way around?
Principles doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with moral. With good moral, you may act differently judging by the situation, as long as it is in your/others best interest. But by following principle, this may hinder you from acting morally (depending on what your principle is).
Maybe the man in the bus sees the lady in distress and wants to help from a moral perspective, but he follows a principle that doesn’t allow him to put himself in danger out of respect for whatever it is.
Yeahh morals are principles, but principles aren’t necessarily moral.
I think if you make a set of principles to live by, then people are able to respond to their surroundings more easily. I’m not talking about any specific situational or moral outcome, I’m talking about how people like to have a set of guidelines to follow, whether it be made by themselves or their own religion.
This could enable people to not take each situation as an individual situation, just kind of act as they have already instructed themselves to do in their personal guidebook, perhaps not give the situation at hand as much thought as it needs.
If people live well with structure, then I think people like to live by a set of principles, generally. People like feeling as if they have answers, or at least feel like they have them.
I have a code 1)Have love and compassion for others and 2)Try not to harm others. These may be rather general, abstract or open to interpretation but of all the sum of knowledge I encounter in my lifetime I can hit the erase button to it all but these two things.
^thus strengthening my argument
Morality is the basis for Confucianism. Where some people think math is intrinsic in reality itself, some people believe morality is. Some things you just know without ever being taught. People have a built in sense of right and wrong like some animals are good with direction. It is getting harder to be moral however. At least the line between good and bad/ right and wrong has become more and more grey.
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