Beyond Me Mindfulness: Principles

While politics are often driven by ideologies human life is guided by principles or a personal ideology if you like. Your principles can be misguided and fallacious or they can be evil and entirely selfish somewhat like former President Donald Trump where his principles were staying in power and threatening and bullying those who have principles that differ from his.

You can be mindful only as regards yourself and that may work out well for you. But practitioners of mindfulness often emphasize compassion and reduction of human suffering as some of their key goals which means regard for the world beyond me. One can only hope your principles extend to how you interact with others.

Just about all the features of beyond me mindfulness focus on how we treat those around us. Those with no principles can be subject to third party manipulation but even those with principles aligned with those they admire can equally be subject to manipulation. Principles can be a double-edged sword.

I would argue there is a sense of universally accepted goodness that enables one to determine if principles are to be admired or shunned. I do not wish to be flaky on that point but an ability to detect goodness is really an innate ability we all possess. The key is to be able to identify your principles and implement them consistently. Hypocrisy is close relative of a lack of principles.

For example, only 42% of Canadians according to a recent poll, remained in their bubble over Christmas and New Years. 58% did not and over 20 politicians (and still counting) left the country on vacation despite the fact these politicians and their medico allies were urging everyone to stay in their bubble of the holidays. The principle of trust was sadly abused and exposed the politicians warming their toes in warm water in holiday destinations and the 58% as having little regard for their fellow citizens and their super spreader behaviour blazed away brilliantly in front of all Canadians as people with no care about decreasing human suffering. I suspect many of these selfish people were at one point criticizing the Trump super spreader rallies are really no different than Trump and his campaign advisers. Their principles are the same selfish all about me.

As Allison Murdoch and Deyki-Lee Oldershaw write in their “16 Guidelines for Life, “Principles help us make friends and work together for good causes. They are a message, a badge of identity, which inspires confidence about who we are, how we operate and what we represent. If we know someone will never tell a lie, then we also know we will never be deceived by them. If we know they will never resort to physical force, then we are not at risk of violence. Our principles can make a refuge for everyone around us.”

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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