The Principled Centered Paradigm
Quotes from the author:
“The Character Ethic is based on the fundamental idea that there are principles that govern human effectiveness—natural laws in the human dimension that are just as real, just as unchanging and unarguable “there” as laws such as gravity are in the physical dimension.
The principle I am referring to are not esoteric, mysterious, or “religious” ideas. There is not one principle taught in this book that is unique to any specific faith or religion, including my own. They are self-evident and can easily be validated by any individual.
I am referring, for example, to the principle of fairness, out of which our whole concept of equity and justice is developed.
Other examples would include integrity and honesty. They create the foundation of trust, which is essential to cooperation and long-term personal and interpersonal growth.
Another principle is human dignity. The basic concept in the United States Declaration of Independence bespeaks the value or principle.
Another principle is service, or the idea of making a contribution. Another is quality of excellence
There is the principle of potential, the ideal that we are embryonic and can grow and develop and release more and more potential, develop more and more talents. Highly related to potential is the principle of growth—the process of releasing potential and developing talents, with the accompanying need for principles such as patience, nurturance, and encouragement.
Principles are not practices. A practice is a specific activity or action. Principles are deep, fundamental truths hat have a universal application. When these truths are internalized into habits, they empower people to create a wide variety of practices to dal with different situations.
Principles are not values. Principles are the territory. Values are maps.
Principles are guidelines for human conduct that are proven to have enduring, permanent value. They’re fundamental.”
My comments related to this post will appear next time where I’ll share the contrast between two groups I work with. One where Character Ethic exists, and one where it doesn’t.