Principle– a comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption-a rule or code of conduct-a habitual devotion to right principles—a distinguishable ingredient that exhibits or imparts a characteristic quality.
Virtue-strength-conformity to a standard of right-moral excellence-beneficial quality or power-strength/courage- a capacity to ayt – chastity especially in a woman.
Value – degree of excellence – intrinsically valuable or desirable.
Principles and values are essential in our lives if we want to be happy, contributing, peaceful, integral components of our families, homes, neighborhoods, workplace, and culture. Over the next few months, we will address some values and principles which are critical in the above areas of our lives.
HONESTY is a good principle to start with. It means free from deception; truthful; genuine, respectable, sincere; trustworthy; honorable; having a good name.
“Let honesty and industry be thy constant companions, and spend one penny less than thy clear gains; then shall thy pocket begin to thrive; creditors will not insult; nor want oppress, nor hungerness bite, nor nakedness freeze thee.”
“Make yourself an honesty man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.”
Were the whole world good as you – not an atom better-
Were it just as pure and true,
Just as pure and true as you;
Just as strong in faith and works;
Just as free from crafty quirks;
All extortion, all deceit;
Schemes its neighbors to defeat;
If the whole world followed you – followed to the letter –
Would it be a nobler world?
All deceit and falsehood hurled
From it altogether;
Malice, selfishness, and lust,
Banished from beneath the crust,
Covering human hearts from view –
Tell me, if it followed you,
Would the world be better? Anonymous
“The time has come to cease emphasizing the gadgets of everyday living and to set over against them the imperishable qualities of honesty, integrity, unselfishness, and respect for law.”
“In our quest for knowledge, there is no room for cheating, for dishonesty, or that which would degrade us or cause the loss of our precious self-respect. In decision making we ask not, “What will others think?”, but “What will I think of myself?” Anonymous