Rules vs Principles

Rules are not necessarily sacred, pnecessarily sacred, principles are.

Franklin D. Roosevelt “Principles emphasizes: Doing the right thingRules state: YOU WILL”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Principles emphasizes: “Doing the right thing”

The latter statement has never and will never work for me!

My first question is, “Why?”. Then I question who made the rule?

A government? MY government!!!?

Or is it some holier than thou religious type? Ouch!

We will not go there today.

The type of person that will follow rules blindly is the worst. Dangerous to the extreme, because even if their deep seated conscience tells them following the “rule” will be wrong, they will do it anyway.

But we are not going there either.

Where are we going? Follow me —— >


Principles give us a sense of direction, meaning and an inspiring cause to live for. The only way we can ever feel really happy and fulfilled in the long term is to live in accordance with these inner guiding standards. Now how do we set them, who will be our guide? The people above that make the rules? NEVER!!! Look at both groups track record. You will find every evil thing know to man committed by both. The 7 Deadly Sins are very much at home in both government and the church. Watch the news, if you have any doubt about that rather bold statement.

Each person needs to find their own principles and then try to live by them as best they can. If you include the concepts below in your principle list and are honest with YOURSELF, I assure you, you will have a hard time keeping them. Never mind, strive for mediocre success at first, then adequate and finally excellent.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.


Include these concepts in your principles to live by: fairness, equity, justice, integrity, trustfulness, diligence, industry, honesty, excellence, compassion, truth to self and others, and welfare of others.

Good luck.


Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Responses to “Rules vs Principles”

  1. karen Says:

    Shall follow…

    Your words are very pleasant to read.

    I appreciate all the places we’re NOT going 🙂

    There is as much sacredness in covering others, their nakedness, as searching deep within oneself.

    Principles, inner principles.

    They are sacred…from a sacred source, no doubt…

    Cannot take all that without having the source…

    Your words make me aware of so much today.

    For this I am very grateful.

    I am a happy bean!

    Expresses far more than what you’re saying.

    Anyone reading this is fortunate to be able to.

    A shared understanding between author and reader.


    Must compliment you on your picture too…

    says your message well!

  2. Wayne Bisset Says:

    Reblogged this on Section Eight Solutions.

  3. Self Disciple | One Man's Opinion Says:

    […] Rules and regulations, I hate then, I tend to break them, often and all the time.  Man tends to make up way too many rules and laws anyhow.  Best is to find out a set of rules that you believe in, better yet is to set up a set of principles you believe in, and live by that code, religiously. Rules vs Principles. […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: