Robert Plant ripped up an $800 million Led Zeppelin reunion contract. No amount of money can get Robert Plant to reunite with his Led Zeppelin bandmates. The 66-year-old Led Zeppelin singer walked away from a 35-date tour that would have paid the rock group nearly $800 million. A source close to the group told the Mirror. “His mind is made up and that’s that.”

Plant decried the highly commodified nature of reunion tours, expressing such reasonable sentiments as “I’m not part of a jukebox!” and “A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that’s shitty about about big-time stadium rock.”

Principled people have strong values that they adhere to. They don’t compromise, bend the rules, or sell their souls for a bowl of soup. And they don’t mind being public about their beliefs and what they stand for, either. Being “politically correct” doesn’t feature in the lives of strong, decent people.

Ayn Rand said it best: “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromiser is the transmitting rubber tube . . .

When men reduce their virtues to the approximate, then evil acquires the force of an absolute, when loyalty to an unyielding purpose is dropped by the virtuous, it’s picked up by scoundrels—and you get the indecent spectacle of a cringing, bargaining, traitorous good and a self-righteously uncompromising evil.”

Fence sitters are dangerous people – avoid them. Stick to those who will pay the price of principle.

Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com