12 Characteristics of True Principles, Part 2

A continuation from part 1, this podcast takes you through the Characteristics of True Principles 7-12. With examples from novels, biographies and self-help books, each characteristic is brought to light and delineated to help you better understand the nature of true principles

Listener’s Guide:

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1:50  7- Empower
9:00  8- Increase desire for good
16:13  9- Generate growth 
23:09  10- Improve health
30:20  11- Create win-win solutions 
33:47  12- Build unity  

Quotes from this episode:

Let us look to America, not in order to make a servile copy of the institutions that she has established, but to gain a clearer view of the polity that will be the best for us; let us look there less to find examples than instruction; let us borrow from her the principles, rather than the details, of her laws.” ~Alexis de Tocqueville

“There is only on way under high heaven to get anybody to do anything. Did you ever stop to think of that? Yes, just one way. And that is by making the other person want to do it.” ~Dale Carnegie

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult–once we truly understand and accept it–then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.” ~M. Scott Peck

Life is a series of problems. Do we want to moan about them or solve them? Do we want to teach our children to solve them? Discipline is the basic set of tools we require to solve life’s problems. Without discipline we can solve nothing…What are these tools, these techniques of suffering, these means of experiencing the pain of problems constructively that I call discipline? There are four: delaying gratification, acceptance of responsibility, dedication to truth, and balancing.” ~M. Scott Peck

“Son, there is no question but what the thing you have done today deserves severe punishment. You might have killed yourself or the horse, but much worse than that, you have injured your own character. A man’s character is like his house. If he tears boards off his house and burns them to keep himself warm and comfortable his house soon becomes a ruin. If he tells lies to be able to do the things he shouldn’t do but wants to, his character will soon become a ruin. A man with a ruined character is a shame on the face of the earth.” ~Ralph Moody

“How could I get into the good graces of this man? I remembered the book we were reading aloud by bicycle lamp, How to Win Friends and Influence People. One of the techniques advocated by Dale Carnegie was: find the man’s hobby…‘How smart of you, Doctor!’ I said in German to the grizzled-haired man on the sofa.’ ‘Smart?’ ‘Yes, to bring these lovely dogs with you. They must be company when you have to be away from your family.‘” ~Corrie ten Boom

“So far as motivational status is concerned, healthy people have sufficiently gratified their basic needs for safety, belongingness, love, respect and self-esteem so that they are motivated primarily by trends to self-actualization, defined as ongoing actualization of potentials, capacities and talents, as fulfillment of mission.” ~Abraham Maslow

Growth is, in itself, a rewarding and exciting process, e.g., the fulfilling of yearnings and ambitions, like that of being a good doctor; the acquisition of admired skills, like playing the violin or being a good carpenter; the steady increase of understanding about people or about the universe, or about oneself; the development of creativeness in whatever field, or most important, simply the ambition to be a good human being.” ~Abraham Maslow

Healthy people have:

  1. Superior perception of reality.
  2. Increased acceptance of self, of others and of nature.
  3. Increased spontaneity.
  4. Increase in problem-centering.
  5. Increased detachment and desire for privacy.
  6. Increased autonomy, and resistance to enculturation.
  7. Greater freshness of appreciation, and richness of emotional reaction
  8. Higher frequency of peak experiences.
  9. Increased identification with the human species.
  10. Improved interpersonal relations.
  11. More democratic character structure.
  12. Greatly increased creativeness.
  13. Certain changes in the value system.” ~Abraham Maslow

Wealth is more often the result of a lifestyle of hard work, perseverance, planning, and most of all, self-discipline.” ~Stanley and Danko

The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances hath, and will arise, which are not local, but universal, and through which the principles of all Lovers of Mankind are affected, and in the Event of which, their Affections are interested…

Who the author of the Production is, is wholly unnecessary to the Public, as the Object for Attention is the Doctrine Itself, not the Man. Yet it may not be unnecessary to say, That he is unconnected with any party, and under no sort of Influence  public or private, but the influence of reason and principle.” ~Thomas Paine

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Links from this episode:

Intro to Principles I: Natural Law    
Intro to Principles II: First Principles
Intro to Principles III: Principles






12 Characteristics of True Principles, Part 1