“Principles or Interests”.
You can quote me any day on this any day. “When people fight for what they believe in (interests), there will always be conflicts of epic proportions but when people fight for the truth (Principles) there is a unifying force that nothing can withstand.”
Principles are standards, fundamentally central and nonnegotiable. Interests are dynamic, diversified and changeable.
Principles are the foundations upon which interests are built. Without principles, interests are a farce, baseless pursuits which constitute conflicts.
Any interests one has which are not based or founded on principles will generate strife, conflicts and ward and this is the case between individuals, families, church members, business corporations and the likes.
I caution the use of propagandist statements used by public persons to encourage the masses to fight for what they believe-in (so we have Boko Haram, MEND, Niger Delta Avengers and more) fighting for what they believe-in. This misdirected cause has plagued and plunged us as a people into the dark hole of social, economic & political recession.
By the provisions of the Fundamental Human Rights, people are entitled to the freedom to believe in anything. That entitles them to defensive fight, to defend or to protect their rights from infringements. It is not an offensive war.
Principle says: “I have a right to defend and protect my right within the laws”.
Interest says: “My rights have no limitations, I can do and undo whenever and however as long as I please.”
It is a given that every right has limitations within the confines of the laws of the land; that where one man’s right begins is where the other man’s right ends.
Should you; in expressing your right of freedom of movement, cross into my house and into my room: Walahi, I’ll ill break your leg, …..(just kidding. Actually, that depends on..).
An individual or family or society or church or any institution/entity that places interests above principles is leaning toward collateral failure, mediocrity and fuelling the embers of internal wars.
So the question is, do you have principles?
What are they?
Can you place your principles and interests, side by side. Which would you do first if things went south (not in your favour).
Do you imagine what would happen if gravity failed for a second? What if the earth stopped revolving?
What if fire decided to renegade on its power to burn (principle) and decided to refrigerate (interest).
In saying this, I recognize that every natural phenomenon is sustained and guided by principles that cannot be negotiated at any given opportunity which keeps that constant and guaranteed (you can count on fire any day, anytime and anywhere to “burn”), why are we as intellectual Humans not guided by principles that would foster growth, development and unity rather we live in a society that has gone berserk where interests rule.
The absence of principles is undoing of any people as it breeds the dominance of chaos, strife, and contentions. This is so because; our interests can never be ultimately satisfied.
Interests; personal or collective must be subjected to practical principles.
I personally do certain principles which I uphold. I would like to share one with you. This principle states that, “in my relationship with people, I do to them as I would like them to do to me”
Without principles, compromise is inevitable
Principles curb the excesses of interests.
Principles define the limits of your rights and keep you from infringing into other peoples’ rights.
Principles determine what is right and does it irrespective of who or what is involved.
Principles; like rocks are the foundations of a successful life so you are not tossed to and fro by any winds.
The lack of principles makes a man who criticizes the government to switch once he gets into the power system.
Lack of principles makes businesses to cut corners, inflate contract quotations, and make quick fixes (shoddy jobs) for fast monies.
Lack of principles makes a man neglect his family responsibilities for money making engagements or political struggles and blames it on the hard economic situation.
Principles make you a man or woman of integrity not shaken by crisis or by interests. The change we seek begins with us.
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