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Do rules override principles or do principles override rules?

  1. INFJay profile image77
    INFJayposted 5 years ago

    Do rules override principles or do principles override rules?

  2. cozycottagedecor profile image55
    cozycottagedecorposted 5 years ago

    Hello INFJay,
    Think of it this way. Rules typically come from outside yourself. Principles come from inside yourself. At the end of the day, you have to live with yourself.

    A rule is written to control something, for example stopping at a red light. The rule exists to control the flow of traffic and prevent accidents. A principle related to this rule is that "I believe that most rules (not all) are there to protect me." Therefore, your principle will apply to the rule for red lights, and several other rules as well.

    When a rule violates a principle, this is when you have to decide: is my principle actually a real principle, or just a preference. How to know the difference? If you are willing to lose friends, or go to jail or die for it, it's a principle. Otherwise, it's just a preference.

  3. Craig Suits profile image77
    Craig Suitsposted 5 years ago

    As a nation, many variables and circumstances decide whether principles or rules prevail.
    If you could put your finger on the moral clarity of a nation you'll be much closer to answering this question.

  4. yoginijoy profile image71
    yoginijoyposted 5 years ago

    Definitely principles should be primary. Rules are made for all kinds of reasons whereas principles are developed based on what an individual uses to define his/her character. They are unchanging.

  5. jadesmg profile image89
    jadesmgposted 5 years ago

    in your personal life i would guess your principle are more valuable but following the rules can be safer. Entirely dependent on the situation, but i definatly value my principles more.

  6. cat on a soapbox profile image96
    cat on a soapboxposted 5 years ago

    Principles might override rules or policies ( with permisson or by appeal), but principles don't override laws.

 
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