I think that my guiding principle is hope. No matter what happens in my life, hope is what enables me to transcend my circumstances, allows me to try to be a better person, and provides me with the motivation to improve the world.
I think the most important principle is what is often known as the Golden Rule, or Karma. Basically, treat others as you want to be treated. It requires empathy. Part of what makes you a good person is your ability to understand how another person feels.
I agree with the third post that honesty is the most important aspect in one's life. I try and tell the truth at all times and never mislead others (an important requirement of a teacher), and I wish that all people followed suit--especially politicians and other leaders.
I tend to favor the Golden Rule of "treat others as you would like to be treated." The Golden Rule really seems to incorporate almost every other ideal principle. For example, I...
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