Stand Up For Your Principles!

BwxNluxIgAEcwXfStand up for your principles!

Honor and honesty

Are glorious things

That ought to be valued




…your political party needs you to do otherwise

…this election is just too darned important

…you need to support the lesser of two evils

…we could be facing the end of civilization

…you can abandon them just this one time

…you want a promotion at work

…doing so would make your friends or family mad

…you will be viewed as a rebel or a traitor

…you really need the money

…everyone else is doing it

…you have a quid pro quo arrangement

…no one will ever know

…being part of the group is more important

…it would hurt your reputation

…you don’t want to be “that guy”

…your crush or significant other won’t like it

…no one likes a stick-in-the-mud

…unity is more important than principles

…it would hurt your self-esteem

…it makes you uncomfortable


Standing up for your principles

Sometimes means standing alone

Resulting in distrust, scorn, or even hatred

The world teaches us not to do so

How many of us listen?



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A Red Solo Cup

IMG_0263In the morning

I stoop down to pick up

A red Solo cup

Discarded the night before

Strewn haphazardly about the yard

Like many of its brothers

From the party next door


Ants inspect the rim

While others drown

In the orange liquid remains

What was contained within?

Did the person who drank it even know?

Was it enjoyed responsibly?

It seems unlikely


Has it led to regret

For the one who consumed it?

Or perhaps for another?

A victim of seizing the day

Yet another careless moment?

In a young life filled with many

Or maybe a first taste of liberty?


The cup offers no other answers

As it sits in the sun

Abandoned by its owner

No longer needed and forgotten

Waiting for another to take responsibility

The short weekend is almost over

The long semester has just begun