Soul Alinsky once suggested the people of the world to use their enemy’s book of rules against them. From that day, smart people around the globe are taking advantage of the people who have principles in their lives. It happens on everyday life of all of us.
It’s really interesting that how we ourselves are destroying these last merits of morality, inch by inch. The question is, what is the price for each of these principles that we have, and up until when we hang on to them and when we give up! The other question is where this feeling of greatness comes from, when you refuse to abandon your principle that is going to hurt you.
On the other hand, it seems that we make new principles for our selves, when we are forced to step on our already made principles. Like, if we are sacrificing the “no lie” principle for the day, we make sure not to get in the line for cashier in the evening.
The other question is, what sort of opportunist creatures will human beings evolve to, when there is no principal around what so ever.
To make the matter more confusing let me quote this line of the bible, that for some reason kept being whispered in my head when I was thinking about all these:
"Well, I must endure the presence of two or three caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies. It seems that they are very beautiful. And if not the butterflies—and the caterpillars—who will call upon me? You will be far away … As for the large animals—I am not at all afraid of any of them. I have my claws.’ And, naively, she showed her four thorns. Then she added: “Don’t linger like this. You have decided to go away. Now go!” For she did not want him to see her crying. She was such a proud flower …"
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery