What at all is PRINCIPLES...??
Dictionary.com, the free online dictionary defines Principles in the following ways: [1.an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct: a person of good moral principles. 2. a fundamental, primary, or general law or truth from which others are derived: the principles of modern physics. 3.a fundamental doctrine or tenet; a distinctive ruling opinion: the principles of the Stoics. 4. principles, a personal or specific basis of conduct or management: to adhere to one's principles; a kindergarten run on modern principles.]
We all like to think we have principles, whether religious, political, social or moral. But how far would you go to stand by them?
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah spent some years in prison standing his grounds and defying all odds. Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings was also inprisoned for planning a coup d'etat which eventually happened and led to the uprisings. Tsatsu Tsikata was also imprisoned for causing financial loss to the state whiles standing his grounds on his plea of innocence.
A couple of days ago, The Mine Workers Union is incensed by wage disparities between expatriate and local workers and has threatened a nationwide strike and this is going to affect the countries mining sector. The workers have called on management of mining companies to increase the amount to $500 this year as a beginning of a three year salary adjustment programme aimed at correcting the disparities.
Would you defend your principles even if it means losing your family or putting them in danger? Would you stand up for your rights if it meant losing your job or being ostracised? Does the will to fight for a cause dull with age or when you have family responsibilities? What happens when your principles conflict with those of other people like in choice of marriage partners, schools, jobs and travel plans??
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