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What are the three basic principles you live by?

Asked by Jellie (6489points) November 15th, 2011

First of all: HI FLUTHER. I haven’t been around for the longest time. I have missed the collective.

I haven’t been busy as much as I have been just trying to sort my own head out. I was wondering earlier today that a man without some basic principles in life is an animal. We have to have a minimum discipline no matter what to function proper and live a healthy life. Mine are:

1. Treat people how you would like to be treated.
2. Be kind to animals.
3. Stand up for the oppressed.

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Ayesha's avatar

1. Be kind to animals.
2. Don’t litter.
3. Speak your mind.

janbb's avatar

First do no harm.

Be honest and own your own stuff.

Don’t be a bystander. (That one is the hardest for me.)

Judi's avatar

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with my God.

janbb's avatar

@Judi I have always loved that quote.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Treat others as you wish to be treated
Be Kind and Gentle
Try not to do harm.

Judi's avatar

@jnabb, Yeah, I probably should have put it in quotes. Can’t be plagiarizing Micah

Coloma's avatar

Live in integrity
Be honest, kind, do your best to cause no harm or suffering
and..when people show you who they are believe it! lol

KatawaGrey's avatar

1. Humans are animals and so listening to and, at times, acting on basic instincts is neither inherently good nor inherently evil.

2. My family is large and includes those whom I protect and who protect me, in all possible ways.

3. Regrets mean nothing except being unable to learn from and escape your past.

I’m sure a lot of people will take issue with the first one. I will happily explain if you pm me and wish for me to elaborate. :)

CWOTUS's avatar

The only ones that occur (as a set of three) are:

See no evil
Hear no evil
Speak no evil

But I’m not sure that I really like those.

I prefer:
Never complain; never explain. (Hard to live up to, though.)
And pretty much the entirety of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self Reliance. Which should be more than enough to suit.

smilingheart1's avatar

Love, understand, push reset button as often as necessary. That means regroup and adjust my attitude when it is off.

ucme's avatar

Never point at people who wear funny clothes
Always smile at puppy dogs & baby birds
Admire anything that’s coloured pink

wundayatta's avatar

Never take a wooden nickel.
Always carry an umbrella.
Don’t forget the tool kit.

MilkyWay's avatar

Don’t be hypocritical.
Be as honest as possible.
Care for everyone and everything.

CaptainHarley's avatar

Love the lord your God with all your strength and mind and soul.
2. Love your neighbor as yourself.
3. Never give up.

flutherother's avatar

Live
Let live
That’s it.

digitalimpression's avatar

1. Don’t drive on the railroad tracks.

2. It is better to be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt (Think before I speak.. sometimes I fail this one miserably)

3. Take life with a grain of salt and a shot of tequila

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Minimize harm done by me to others and animals.
Always learn more.
Stand up for others.

tinyfaery's avatar

I think I have more than 3.

1. Do no harm. Unless someone really deserves it, but NEVER to animals.
2. Try to leave my world, or my little place in the world, better than I found it.
3. Eat dessert.

blueiiznh's avatar

Keep your name clean, it’s the only one you have.
Live honestly and with integrity.
Always be determining in doing your best.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Do the best I can for myself while doing the least amount of harm to others as I make my way.

This covers moderation, empathy and consideration. I try but don’t always succeed.

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