DO WE COMPROMISE OUR PRINCIPLES? WHAT EXACTLY DO THEY MEAN AND HOW IMPORTANT ARE THEY TO US? SOMETIMES, HOW IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES ARE TO US, DETERMINE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS WE TO US TO HAVE OUR OWN VALUES. PRINCIPLES ARE THE WHOLE BASIS OF WHO WE ARE AND WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO US IN OUR OWN LIVES. “PRINCIPLES ARE SOMETHING WE SHOULD NEVER COMPROMISE.” I FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT THIS BECAUSE I KNOW IN MY PAST WHENEVER I HAVE COME EVEN CLOSE TO COMPROMISING MY OWN PRINCIPLES, OR, IN SOME CASES, DECIDED TO IGNORE THEM COMPLETELY IS WHEN I HAVE FELT THE WORST ABOUT MYSELF.
I FELT FULL OF GUILT AND BETRAYAL NOT TOWARDS OTHERS BUT TOWARDS MYSELF. THE PRINCIPLES WE GROW UP FORMING, ARE WHAT THIS REGIMENTATION IS PARTLY BASED ON. ANOTHER REASON WHICH WE DEVELOP PRINCIPLES COMES FROM WHAT WE ARE TAUGHT IS RIGHT OR WRONG AND IF WE SAW OUR PARENTAL FIGURE FOLLOWING THE RULES THEY ARE TEACHING.
WHAT WE LEARN FROM THE LEADERS IN OUR CHILDHOOD ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS IF IT IS NOT JUST WORDS, BUT THE ACTIONS OF THE PARENTS REFLECT WHAT THEY WANT OUR PRINCIPLES TO BE. IS ONE PART OF HOW OUR PRINCIPLES ARE DETERMINED. THE OTHER HALF OF WHAT DETERMINES OUR PERSONAL PRINCIPLES IS OUR PERSONALITY STAMPED IN WHO WE ARE. I HAVE HAD FRIENDS THAT HAVE ALSO INFLUENCED MY PRINCIPLES. SOME FRIENDS, THE FRIENDS I ADMIRED, SET SOME OF THE EXAMPLES I PERCEIVED POSITIVELY. THOSE PRINCIPLES SHAPED MY PRINCIPLES THAT STUCK MORE SO IN MY TEENAGE YEARS. I WOULD OFTEN FIND MYSELF CONSCIOUSLY JUDGING THESE INDIVIDUALS AFTER ANALYZING THEIR PRINCIPLES.
I SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE INDEPENDENT DEVELOPING MY PRINCIPLES IN MY TEENAGE YEARS WHICH ARE THE FORMATIVE YEARS I BELIEVE OUR PRINCIPLES STICK. I FOUND MYSELF INSTEAD, ASSESSING OTHERS TO DETERMINE WHAT I LIKED OR DID NOT LIKE ABOUT MY BELIEFS INCLUDING LOOKING AT MY OLDER SIBLINGS. JUDGEMENT SHOULD BE THEIR OWN FOR THEIR MORALS AND VALUES WHICH I BELIEVE ULTIMATELY FORM OUR PRINCIPLES. I PERSONALLY HOWEVER, DETERMINED WHAT I BELIEVED IN BY WATCHING OTHERS, WHAT THEY DID WRONG OR RIGHT IN MY BOOK AND LOOKED AT THEIR MISTAKES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS INSTEAD OF MY OWN. I THINK THIS IS BECAUSE I LACKED SELF-CONFIDENCE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND MY TEENAGE YEARS GROWING UP. IF MY FRIENDS WERE SOMEONE WHO EXERCISED BEHAVIOR THAT I JUDGED AS RIGHT OR WRONG, I DEVELOPED A PRINCIPLE FROM THEIR EXPERIENCE. MY PERSPECTIVE WAS DETERMINED THROUGH THE PEOPLE I ADMIRED. I COULD SEE HOWEVER, THEIR PRINCIPLES WERE DEVELOPED FROM THEIR OWN MISTAKES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS, NOT BY WATCHING ANOTHER PERSON DECIDE THEIR PRINCIPLES WERE FROM WHAT THEY EXPERIENCED. I LATER IN LIFE IN MY COLLEGE YEARS GAINED ENOUGH CONFIDENCE TO DECIDE MY BELIEF SYSTEM THROUGH MY OWN MISTAKES. IT IS OUR BELIEF SYSTEM THAT ULTIMATELY DETERMINES OUR PERSONAL PRINCIPLES. A BELIEF SYSTEM CAN BE SO STRONG, IT CAN CAUSE SOME INDIVIDUALS TO SEARCH FOR THE SAME BELIEF SYSTEM IN OTHERS, AND UNTIL THEY FIND OTHERS WHOSE BELIEFS ARE SIMILAR, THEY CONTINUE TO BE LONERS. WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT EITHER THROUGH OUR BELIEF SYSTEMS AND EXPERIENCES AND OUR PRINCIPLES. I THINK WHEN WE FIND OURSELVES COMPROMISING THOSE BELIEFS AND PRINCIPLES, WE BEGIN TO COMPROMISE OUR OWN BELIEFS. WHEN WE COMPROMISE OUR OWN BELIEVES, WE ARE ULTIMATELY NOT HAPPY WITH WHAT WE ARE DOING AND HOW THIS BEHAVIOR REFLECTS ON US. WE WEAR OUR NEW ACTIONS LIKE WRINKLED CLOTHES, CHANGE US TEMPORARILY BUT NOT PERMANENTLY. TO END WITH, WHAT DO I THINK ABOUT THE ORIGINAL QUESTION WHICH WAS, “DO WE COMPROMISE OUR PRINCIPLES?” WE ARE ULTIMATELY UNHAPPY WITH WHO WE START TO BECOME. THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING! SAMANTHA/DAILYWISDOMWORDS.COM
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