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The Principle of the Matter

Posted by Rani on April 15, 2009

“The less tall your declarations of principle, the less foolish you will look in retrospect”

This was a random comment from some forgettable movie I saw recently, but it echoed what I often say: you never know how you will react till the moment of fire, as it were, actually arrives. Of course, this is not to say one shouldn’t have principles, it’s always nice (and often necessary) to tell yourself this is how you probably would (should, really) react if a situation were to come up….but the key word is probably, and we need to get that. Every single person I know who has made your typical “I would NEVER do that” statement ends up doing some variant of exactly what they had sworn they wouldn’t. After all, you dont know if you turn pink or blue till the litmus test (!!).

So why bother with principles in the first place? Its your Zen-like question on whether a tree makes a sound when it falls if no one is there to hear it. Principles, I suppose, are your compass. Your guide. Without knowing what we probably would (should) do, we become too…in-the-moment. Now, I’m all for living in the moment – but that compass helps. Just spare everyone the traumatizing yeah-I-got-a-compass-(talking loudly) drill.

4 Responses to “The Principle of the Matter”

  1. praveen kulkarni said

    Quite True…… Even I don’t believe in declaring my principles to others….. its like knowing Dining etiquette & table manners and announcing the same once you enter a Star Hotel…. 😉

  2. Chakky said

    A person declares his principles and values loudest when he feels he is trying to use it as an example for someone else to follow. The truth is in his heart of hearts, he knows he does not live up to it, but there is an ego deep inside each person, which wants him to look at the ideal case scenario and blurt it out before he can hold it down.. impressing fellow chatters and at the same time nailing himself to the cross of having to live it out or face the wrath of the ones with long term memory… 🙂

    • Rani said

      Unsolicited advice (and declarations, as it were) is probably what many of us are most guilty of. Having said that, the idea of not declaring your principles is not to shy away from being held accountable for it later on, its more about principles having to be something that others see in you instead of hear!

  3. Sojish said

    Principles form a person’s personality and his perceived reality. You cant deny the other person’s reality, you can only build on it.

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