Main Difference – Values vs Principles
Morals, ethics, values, beliefs, and principles are all factors that govern our character and behavior. Yet, there are differences between each of these concepts. In this article, we are going to examine the difference between values and principles. Values are qualities or standards that govern the behavior of a person and principles are rules or beliefs that govern our actions. The main difference between values and principles is that principles are based on a person’s values. Thus, it is values that act as the foundation for principles. These principles, which emerge as a belief or rule based on values, can even influence the direction of the whole society.
What are Values
Values describe what is important in a person’s life. It is values that unconsciously help us to form our individual principles. Values are the foundation to a person character, attitude, perceptive and overall behavior. An individual always uses values to make decisions about right and wrong.
Each individual may have different values. For example, one person will value happiness above all whereas another will value courage and dedication. An individual who has high moral values displays qualities such as honesty, integrity, courage, loyalty, fairness, respect, and compassion. A person’s personal values can be influenced by a wide range of factors such as background, experiences, education, and religion. However, it is also possible for a person to change his values with the passage of time.
What are Principles
Principles are moral rules or beliefs that help you know what is right and wrong, and that influences your actions. Principles are what you stand for in life; they direct your life and act as a moral compass. In other words, they govern your behavior. Principles are based on the personal values we hold dear to us. For example, if a person values nonviolence, he’ll never get into fights with others or behave aggressively. This behavior is prompted by the belief that he or she will never behave aggressively or violently. If you value honesty, you’ll never tell lies, not even a white lie. Here, never telling lies is your principle. A person who strongly believes that lying is wrong will never deviate from the truth, even if it brings personal harm. Since principles are sometimes equivalent to rules, they can be quite stern and unyielding.
Although principles are collectively agreed upon by society, a person can have his own individual principles. Major laws in a country, (i.e., laws that make murder and robbery illegal) are based on the collective principles of the society that it is wrong to kill or rob.
Given below are some values and principles that can be associated with them.
Principle: I’ll never buy branded clothes.
Principle: I’ll never treat people unfairly.
Principle: I’ll never lie, even if it is to prevent harm.
Difference Between Values and Principles
Values are qualities or standards of behavior.
Principles are rules or beliefs governing one’s behavior.
Values help to form principles.
Principles are based on one’s values.
Qualities vs Rules
Values are qualities.
Principles are rules.
Values are not as stern as principles.
Principles can be stern and unyielding.
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