Some principles relate to our basic rights as human beings and should govern the lives of everyone, everywhere. However not all principles are universal: Some types of principles reflect the thinking of a particular society at a specific period in time. As changes occur, these specific principles may also change.
Changing Times, Changing Systems
When we try to live a responsible life based on principles, we need to be aware of changes in society and culture. Some types of principles are not universal: They reflect the thinking of only a specific society at a specific period in time. As changes occur in a specific society, its principles also change. For example, in the former Soviet Union, the principles of communism no longer answered the needs of the society or the economy. As a result, principles of capitalism were introduced.
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