The Soul Of Humanity
Evolution has given the vast majority of us the ability to instinctively know which principles are right and wrong. For example, we are genetically programmed to dislike cheating, pettiness, and short shortsightedness; whereas, we are genetically programmed to admire integrity, open mindedness, tolerance, responsibility, curiosity, and courage.
Majority Principles are even more difficult for us to articulate than for ancient cultures because politicians, the mainstream media, and government schools are very careful to never draw a connection between majority principles and the positions they choose to promote, ignore, or ridicule. We are thus divided on positions and policies because The Prince keeps it that way, but we are less divided on principles.
Majority Principles are:
Integrity – Your principles are consistent with each other. Your positions are consistent with your principles. Your decisions, actions, and inactions are consistent with your principles. Your life is consistent with your principles. You make personal sacrifices to live consistently with your principles. If you discover your position is out of sync with your principles, then you change your position. The end does not justify the means, which means that you do not violate your principles to promote your principles.
Open Mindedness – You are always open to the possibility that someone else is right and you are wrong.
Tolerance – You are tolerant of that which does not violate your principles.
Responsibility – You accept the personal debt you incur when you violate your principles.
Curiosity – You need to know why. (The curiosity at the peak of human evolution is fundamentally different than the curiosity of animals, which could better be described as an inclination to explore or experiment.)
Courage – You overcome your fear to be true to your principles – your fear of pain, embarrassment, peer pressure, and the unknown.
Independent Thought – You are already an independent thinker if you have Open Mindedness, Responsibility, Curiosity, and Courage.
Honesty – When interacting with another person, you will never be the one who initiates fraud, cheating, lying, evasiveness, or deception against the other.
Peace – When interacting with another person, you will never be the one who initiates force, violence, or physical aggression against the other.
Nobility – You honor your agreements. If you created an expectation, you try to honor it. If you would have agreed to someone’s terms before, then you will try to honor those terms now. You treat others as you would like them to treat you – even when responding to an initiation of force or fraud.
Progress – You try to leave the world a better place than if you had never existed. Not to be confused with Progressivism, which violates all Majority Principles.
If you are among those of us who instinctively admire these principles, and who instinctively know that the world is the result of our individual choices, and who instinctively want to leave the world a better place than if you had never existed, then …
you are among those of us who carry the soul of humanity.
It's one thing to carry the soul of humanity. Those having the Will to Act on these principles are the true Soul of Humanity.
Yes, we admire those who act, when it is the wisest tactical or strategic move.