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    Senior Member Eileen's Avatar
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    Default What are your driving principles?

    What are the beliefs or principles that you have that strongly influence all or most of the areas of your life?

    Here are some of mine:

    • Take responsibility for your actions.
    • Recognize how your choices impact others.
    • Practice "unreasonable forgiveness" because screwing up is a constant. <--This notion is a driving principle, but one that I find difficult to uphold.
    • Be honest and tactful--but honesty should come first should the two conflict.
    • Recognize and affirm the potential of others (and self).
    • Be gentle and kind.
    • Allow people to make their own mistakes. <--another driving principle that is hard to uphold.



    I'm sure I have more. That's just what I've got right now.
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    My moral framework implies that the only sin one can commit is violating another person's life, liberty or property. I am still trying to develop a little more to let it fit in with my Marxistic tendencies, but we'll see.
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    Right now it is to greater develop a sense of directed ambition, flow and purpose. I'm rediculously ambitious, I just don't have any ambition

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    My driving principles are simply to enjoy life and to be true to who I am.

    It's amazing how often just those two principles seem to conflict with each other.
    Quote Originally Posted by Silently Honest View Post
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    Wait, I have to dig up my internal programming.

    Brain:
    cd\maverick program
    edit principles.txt

    Ah, yes. Here they are:

    1) I am responsible for my actions, and you are for yours
    2) You have the right to do what you want, but I have the right to like or not like it
    3) If I'm the expert in something, shut-up and listen to me. If you're the expert, tell me about it
    4) Lying is the best tactic, Honesty is the best strategy. It's hard short-term, but you reap the benefits later
    5) Compete with yourself, never with others
    6) A good fight is better than sweeping problems under the rug
    7) You can't complain about injustice unless you do something about it

    OK, there are loads more, but I ran out of memory...

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    I'm mostly guided by experience that lead me to feel peaceful and/or wise. That feeling breaks down into a series of principles/techniques:

    Be honest and accepting of the truth.
    - Allow flaws in yourself and others to exist.
    - - Don't be afraid to show your limitations.
    - Be caring and gentle with others, especially in expressing honesty.
    Trust yourself.
    Question everything.
    - Never accept anything on the basis of authority, tradition, or popularity.
    - Trust experience; trust logic.
    - Stay curious.

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    Keep it between the lines and try not to floor it.
    Last edited by Journey; 03-29-2008 at 05:13 PM. Reason: Took out the lol, I think I'm at least partially serious!

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    Some of mine:

    - I am responsible for how I feel, you are responsible for how you feel. Similarly, no one can make me feel anything without my consent.
    - I am responsible for my actions, you are responsible for your actions.
    - If it doesn't feel right, it's probably not right.
    - Practise compassion.
    - Practise humility.
    - Practise quietude.
    - Practise restraint.
    - Practise non-attachment.
    - Do what you enjoy doing, and you will do it well.

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    I'm still working mine out, but the first three of Maverick's were very much me, so I copied them, with some edits.

    I am responsible for my actions, and you are for yours.

    You have the right to do what you want, but I have the right to like or not like it.

    If I'm the expert in something, shut up and listen to me. If you're the expert, tell me about it (I'd prefer if this wasn't at my core, but I'm trying to be honest in this list).

    Look at everything objectively, including the times when subjectivity is needed.

    Practice introspection and question everything, including the need to question everything.

    Aim for calmness in the long run.

    Break down denial in myself by actively looking for it.

    Underpinning all of these is detached observation and a goal of understanding, uh, everything.

    I'm sure there's more, but that's all I can articulate at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Journey View Post
    Keep it between the lines and try not to floor it.
    Damn, you beat me to it!
    I was going to say:

    Don't hit anything
    Watch where you're going
    Don't go too fast or too slow
    Refuel as needed

    That's like, deep, man.

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