principles is being blamed for all that is wrong in our culture.
In reality though, it’s not an absence of principles that is corrupting our culture but rather the prevalence of the wrong kind of principles. It’s not that we have lost our principles but rather the principles that once governed society have been supplanted with a different set of principles.
Just to clarify, values are not the same as principles. Principles are those things we believe strongly. They are the doctrines of our lives. Values, then, are what flow naturally from our principles. Principles produce values. Values produce behaviors. Behavior, any and all behavior, is evidence of some kind of values that flow from some kind of principles. Social change comes only by the adoption of principles.
Take away quote: It’s not an absence of principles that is corrupting our culture but rather the prevalence of the wrong kind of principles.