Ukemeabasi Esiet

Christian | Nigerian | Student | Photographer | Urbanist

Guiding Principles

I am many different things and have many roles. I am a Christian, a son, a brother, a friend, a Nigerian, a student, a servant activist, an urbanist, an idealist, etc.

I have learned that it’s important to know what you believe in and have a solid foundation of values. “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

This is my attempt to lay out my personal foundation of core values.

Divine Principles

The most important commandment:

Love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength; and love your neighbor as yourself.
(Mark 12:28-34; Matthew 22:34-40; Luke 10:25-37)

This mandate flows into:

  1. The 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:1-21)
  2. The Golden Rule and The Silver Rule: One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself; One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated. (Wikipedia)

Human Principles

A collection of principles I’ve put together. I’ll be refining them from Inspiring Words over time.

Treat others well:

  • “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” – Mother Teresa

Be your authentic self:

  • “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.” – André Gide
  • “It’s better to be hated for who you are, than to be loved for someone you’re not. It’s a sign of your worth sometimes, if you’re hated by the right people.” – Bette Davis

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