Dear Nicholas,

I might argue with you regarding the statement “There is no right and wrong. It is all relative”. I like to think this is mainly the difference between “beliefs” and “principles”. The “beliefs” are indeed very relative since they are only the result of our environment and life time conditioning starting by our parents and extending to school, friends, romantic partners, colleagues, complete strangers and even media. The “principles”, those natural universal laws are, though, unchangeable. They are self-evident and can easily be validated by any individual. They are bigger than human beings or circumstances, and are part of the human endowment we call conscience (a deep inner awareness of right and wrong). Principles seem to exist in all human beings, regardless of social conditioning and loyalty to them, even though they might, unfortunately, be submerged or numbed by conditions or disloyalty.

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