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During the 2012 campaign, one of the most frequent complaints about Romney was that no one knew what his “core principles” were – or if he had any at all.  But no one ever seemed to discuss what the core principles of the other candidates were, or even what core principles are supposed to be.  

I think that we can all agree that words are not enough.  Meteor Blades’ sig line is especially inspiring: “Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe."  Still, this many of us will need more than taking a look at what we’re actually doing to identify our core principles.

Some more over the fleur-de-kos:

Several years ago I participated in a small discussion group sponsored by the local UU church which helped me identify what in my life was most important to me.  In a way it seemed strange to be choosing these priorities for myself – in many religious traditions and other societies they are handed to you by virtue of your age, sex and rank – but once I got over that slight hurdle, it was immensely liberating.  I realized that I valued science and literature and have since organized my life so I spend more of my days either contributing to or supporting these areas.  That does not mean that I don’t value other areas, but these are what matter to me, and where I feel I can – where I want most to - make a difference.

To determine your core principles, consider the following questions:

What (not who) do you love doing most?

What matters most to you?

What are your dreams?  What do you want to achieve?

What are your talents?  What talents do you lack?

Do you know others who can help you or join you?  Working with others can make a difference.

The problems facing our families, our communities our country and even the world are enormous.  We have so much rebuilding to do after the last three decades of Republican misrule.

Please, share comments and thoughts on your own core principles below.


Tired of politics?  Need to escape?  Try my Greek mythology based novels, either the story of Oedipus from the point of view of Jocasta, or a trilogy about Niobe, whose children were murdered by the gods - or were they?

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  •  My core principle is... (8+ / 0-)

    I don't give a rats ass what you do with your life or how you live it as long as you don't hurt others.

    That's my definition of being liberal.

    "Ich bin ein Dachs!"

    by PvtJarHead on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 10:44:09 AM PST

    •  That just about captures it for me. (1+ / 0-)
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      However, sometimes that runs afoul other liberals who seem to think that being liberal means messing with other people for their own good.  Like 32 ounce soda bans.  They don't seem to understand that no matter whether it's good or bad for the person, when you interfere with people like that, you are taking away some of their dignity as humans.

      So I'll throw in another core principle to the one you mention above: Respect the human dignity of other people as best you can.

  •  core principles are deeper than those questions (6+ / 0-)

    I think that the concept of "core principles" runs deeper than some of those questions. Seems to me, core principals are the base rules that guide your response to the events of your life and which determine how you act on your motivations.

    Here are some of mine:

    - the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you (note: I'm an athiest)

    - The goal of life  is to experience as much as possible, and seek happiness, in the Epicurean sense.

    - NEVER stop learning and growing.

    - contribute to society more than you take.

    - always leave the place cleaner than it was when you arrived.

    "I don't cry over milk spilled under bridges. I go make lemonade" - Bucky Katt

    by quill on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 11:09:12 AM PST

  •  one woman at a time, no alcohol before 6:00, never (6+ / 0-)

    vote republican

    I've already forgotten who the Republican candidate was in 2012

    by memofromturner on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 11:36:38 AM PST

  •  1st step in all solutions is that no one may die (3+ / 0-)
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    quill, chloris creator, Old Lefty

    as a result of your solution.

    Humanism is my thing. Take care of people first (and all that that entails).

    Great diary. Thank you.

    Take back the House in 2014!!!!!!!!!!!! (50 state strategy needed)

    by mungley on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 12:52:57 PM PST

    •  Hmm... (2+ / 0-)
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      Old Lefty, misslegalbeagle everyone dies eventually, this may be hard to achieve and eventually you can reach the point where you're keeping people alive at the end of their lives could also be used to justify the no abortions ever principle ...

      but I was not looking for principles that have no boundary conditions or no exceptions

      by chloris creator on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 02:06:17 PM PST

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  •  I have a handy acronym for my core ideals: (2+ / 0-)
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    chloris creator, Old Lefty

    LEO - Liberty, Equality, Opportunity.  I see it as kind of an interlocking trinity that makes a society free and strong.  Shortchange any one of the three and the whole system is made weaker.

    To answer your questions:

    1.  I love exploring and talking about exciting new possibilities - technological, scientific, social, political, anything that involves progress, wonder, and surprise.  I love exploring in general - I've often walked or driven in random directions just on the chance that I'll turn a corner and see something wonderful and unpredicted.

    2.  Liberty, Equality, Opportunity.  Although it's composed of three word-concepts, they're really one unified thing tantamount to a unified unfolding of life in its most brilliant way.

    3.  Play some small role as a navigator for the course of human events through my insights and discourses.  Of course, that's not my fantasy if what I'd like to accomplish, but it's as close as I could possibly get (I'd have to be a billionaire to really pursue my dreams and play a direct role in building the future).

    4.  Talents: Synthesis of disparate information into a large-scale picture and trajectory.  Ability to recognize and appreciate talents greater than my own.  Seeing through bullshit and the socially-constructed alternate reality "bubbles" it creates, even when I'm surrounded by people who are in such a bubble.  Disadvantages: I can be an insensitive bastard sometimes, and I have a lot of pride that isn't really justified by my achievements.  I also have trouble with not loathing and despising people who don't have some minimum level of the same talents I have - i.e., people who get caught up in media narratives and think they're real.

    5.  Working with others is not among my talents.  Although I do often love to engage in brainstorming with people, though more as a way to feed my own thought process rather than to generate any kind of groupthink.

    "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

    by Troubadour on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 01:45:03 PM PST

    •  LEO (2+ / 0-)
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      very nice - thank you for your thoughtful answer

      When I did my own personal search for my own principle and priorities, I realized that instead of working to raise the bottom I wanted to help support the top.  Now, before you think I am only concerned about the 1%,  I am talking about ability, not money.  In a supportive role, I feed a lot of scientists (many in the family).  I also tutor math.

      I never denigrate those working to support the bottom, though.  I'm just not in a position to make a steadydifference or contribution.

      by chloris creator on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 02:14:27 PM PST

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  •  The Golden Rule. Also, "there but for the grace (2+ / 0-)
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    of God go I".

  •  What Troubador said, everything except (0+ / 0-)

    #5. My biggest shortcoming is the inability to identify my own shortcomings prior to them being identified by someone else, or by a sharp reality-noogie, often both.

    Rather than an inventory, and as a shameless pimping of a project I've Diaried (Diarised?) on here previously, I invite anyone interested to follow the link to the North Coast Mushroom Farmers Cooperative website, one more stab at walking the talk, speaking of core principles. The text there, when not also shamelessly cut and pasted from the product of wiser heads is the product of my core principles, served up with a generous side of spicy videos and mushroom goodness.

    Thanks for the thought provoking questions and answers above and TIA to anyone who might comment over at NCMFC to illuminate, elucidate or eviscerate. I need a little sparkle to entice the reluctant would-be bloggers and potential Member/Producers to leap the hurdle into the their very own budding (buttoning?) blogoshpere.

    Now, back  to the thread.............

    Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

    by Old Lefty on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 04:53:56 PM PST

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