Some people and I were eligible for something, but incorrectly denied it. I pursued the issue knowing that I wouldn't benefit irregardless of how the issue was resolved, but the other people could possibly benefit. Simply the fact that me and others were eligible, but wrongly denied, is what prompted me to pursue the issue in acting out of principle.
What are some things that you've done in your life simply out of principle?
It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.