Societies can only function when there is an agreed code of conduct for everyone. A code of conduct guides all organizations, companies, religious groups, educational institutions, and civic organizations. But theses codes may be external controls that people accept within a group but then discard once outside of that group.
Guiding principles are most effective when adopted and internalized by individuals. Everyone who seeks to walk a more spiritual path, and who is interested in their own true happiness and the wellbeing of others, should embrace a set of values, a code to live by. Throughout history we see diverse civilizations and societies adopting such codes that often contain the same guiding principles. Many of these principles have a deeply spiritual and universal underpinning.
This is the beginning of a conversation which will hopefully help individuals establish and adopt their own code to live by.