by Dr. Ed Berry
Some self-righteous folks accuse those who vote for the “lesser evil” of violating their “principles” or “losing their moral compass.” These accusations are without foundation and show the accuser does not understand “principles” or morals.
Further, this mistake in moral values has caused serious damage to America by electing the greater evil. We must understand and correct the moral error of the Voting Mantra.
What is a principle?
Merriam-Webster’s “short definition” of principle is a “moral rule or belief”. But it takes more explanation to understand what a principle really is.
Merriam-Webster’s “Full Definition” does better by noting a principle is a “rule or code of conduct.” In other words a principle relates to an action or relationship.
Dictionary.com presents a better definition of principle: “an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct.” (This definition is used in physics.)
Examples of principles
The Ten Commandments are principles. They don’t define God, which would be a statement of belief. Rather they tell us what we should or should not do. All of the Ten Commandments are expressed in terms of actions. They are principles.
The Golden Rule is expressed in terms of actions. It is a principle.
Actions may seem like a subtle difference between principles versus beliefs but this subtle difference is important.
The Voting Mantra is not a principle. [Read more…]