P Over P

Our Brief History

We live in a society of increasing anger and hate — where our devices and media bombard us with a constant deluge of hostility and violence; where venting hatred has become more interesting and popular than genuine civility, and where it is common to watch, even “LIKE” a video of an argument or violent brawl over something as insignificant as what someone is wearing, which sport team is best, or even over the availability of a parking space or a plastic straw; where the difference of opinion is frequently met with personal attacks and public shaming.

In 2018, the story of Amina Amdeen and Joseph Weidknecht aired on the podcast, Story Corps, showed the urgent need for a serious change in society. Their story was the tipping point for the Principles over People (POP) movement. Tired of the increasing anger, hostility, and hate Principles over People was started by four brothers and a friend.

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Building Momentum

In 2019, Principles over People was incorporated in the State of Utah. Almost effortlessly POP built momentum. It’s growth started, first, with family and friends who resolved to support the movement and live principally-based. Their involvement led others to be invited and commit to principles. Then, in July 2019, POP formally launched its efforts to change the world by ending hatred with principles.

Everyday the Principles over People Movement is growing with new members — individuals, families, schools, and businesses. Its inspired interest as a legitimate and effective strategy in the fight against hatred of every kind. People are eager to join the POP Movement — to pledge their support and participation to end prejudices, inequality, and discrimination in their communities. POP Members have committed themselves to live by a simple standard whether at home, school , or work — to make principles like courage, justice, integrity, hard-work, and love matter regardless of people or circumstance.

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For any inquiries or if you have any questions about the Principles Over People organization, please email us contact@poverp.org.

FAQ

HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE POP MOVEMENT?

The best connection to the POP Movement (i.e., to get updates about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, or other information) is to become a POP Member. As a member you will get exclusive access to information, resources, and support.

IS IT TRUE POP OFFERS INCENTIVES LIKE SCHOLARSHIPS AND REWARDS?

Absolutely. In our efforts to make principles like kindness, courage, and integrity contagious we offer a variety of incentive for principally-based behaviors.

PRINCIPLES OVER PEOPLE? I AM CONFUSED, SHOULDN'T I BE CONCERNED WITH PEOPLE?

Yes, of course you should be concerned with people — with everyone — that’s the point. Principles over People does not mean people don’t matter. It means that you are committed to a standard that treats everyone the same regardless of who they are, what they believe, or where they have come from. Ultimately the fair treatment of every person is our goal; and, this can only happen when we act the same way to everyone.

HOW ARE THE MEMBERSHIP FEES, STORE PROFITS, AND DONATIONS USED?

This is a great question! Right now, our focus is growing POP Membership. We believe the more members we have, the quicker we can get our message that principles matter into homes, schools, and businesses and end the existing tension, anger, and hate in society. Every dollar we have is spent on encouraging others to put politics and popularity aside and do what’s right – make principles matter.

WHAT ABOUT PRINCIPLE PARADOXES?

George Washington is widely regarded as a moral leader. He also engaged in deception. He willingly lied to his adversaries as well as his own troops about his intentions and resources. He also held slaves and had them work in his plantations. Today, employees are obligated to keep trade information secrets instead of having the liberty of sharing it with anyone. Soldiers are often ordered to kill in order to protect. Wisdom is a principle for a reason. We make the wisest decision we can until we know better, then we focus on doing better.

WHAT ARE THE PRINCIPLES OF POP?

There are eleven core principles that we practice:

  1. Wisdom
  2. Integrity
  3. Hard-Work
  4. Gratitude
  5. Love
  6. Self-Control
  7. Justice
  8. Humility
  9. Optimism
  10. Courage
  11. Liberty