Principles are universal - that is, they transcend culture and geography. They're also timeless, they never change - principles such as fairness, kindness, respect, honesty, integrity, service, contribution. Different cultures may translate these principles into different practices and over time may even totally obscure these principles through the wrongful use of freedom. Nevertheless, they are present. Like the law of gravity, they operate constantly.
(Steven R. Covey, The 8th Habit, p. 46-7)
1 April 2016