"Our observations upon the conduct of others
insensibly lead us to form within ourselves certain general rules concerning
what is proper either to be done or avoided.
Those general rules of
conduct are properly called a sense of duty,
a principle of the greatest consequence
in human life, and the only principle by which the bulk of mankind are
capable of directing their actions.
Without this sacred regard to
general rules, there is no man whose conduct can be much depended upon.
This is what constitutes the essential difference between a
man of principle and
honor, and a worthless
adheres steadily and resolutely to his maxims, and
preserves through his life
one even tenor of conduct.
The other acts variously and accidently,
as humor, inclination, or interest chance to be uppermost.
tolerable observance of these duties [ justice, truth, chastity, fidelity]
depends the very existence of human society, which would crumble into nothing
if mankind were not generally impressed with reverence for those important
rules of conduct." - Adam
"It seems at first sight a
very rational way of testing any proposed rule of conduct is to ask - how will
Taking men as we know them, and
institutions as they are, what
will result from carrying such a theory into practice?
very common-sense style of
inquiry is that by which most opinions on morals and politics are formed.
People consider the feasiblity of social systems, whether it will
square with this or the other social arrangement, whether it fits with
They have notions of
what man is, and what society must
be; any ethical doctrine depends upon its accordance or discordance
Moral systems are adopted or condemned regularly due to the
consistency of the inconsistency of men to take for granted nothing
And yet we know human
nature to be infinitely variable.
One correct course is open; he
must either follow or take the consequences.
conditions of existence do not
bend before his perversity.
When they are broken,
no exception from
penalties are to be hoped for.
Confounded by ever-new aspects of human
affairs, it is not surprising men fail to recognize the systematic
character of the natural
Accumulated evidence is gradually generating the
conviction that events play out in a certain inevitable way by unchanging
forces in human nature.
In all ages there has been some glimmering
perception of this truth; and experience
is ever giving to that perception increased distinctness.
even now all men do, in one mode or other, testify of such a
Every known creed is an assertion
What are the moral codes of the
Buddhist, but acknowledgments
of inseparable connection between conduct and
Do they not
all say you shall not do this, and this, because they will produce evil;
and you shall do that and that, because they will produce good?
We imply such a faith, too, in our every day conversations; in our
maxims and precepts, in our
education of children,
in our advice to friends.
In judging we
instinctively refer to some
standard of ascertained
We predict good or
evil of this or the other scheme, because of its accordance or
discordance with certain perceived social laws of
Surely, then, if all believe in the persistency of these
secondary laws, much more should they believe in the persistency of those
primary ones, which
underlie human existence, and out of which our every day truths grow.
Either society has laws, or it has not.
If it has not, there
can be no order, no certainty, no system in its phenomena.
If it has,
they are sure, inflexible,
ever active, and having no exceptions.
ascertained what these
laws are; we implicitly obey them!
Only by submission to them can
anything permanently suceed.
Only as it complies with the principles of
moral equilibrium can it stand.
Our social edifice may be constructed
with ingenuity, and clamped together with cunningly-devised enactments, but
there must be rectitude for
its component parts - if it is not built on upright principles, it
As well might we seek to light a fire with ice, feed
cattle on stones, hang our
hats on cobwebs, or otherwise disregard the
physical laws of the world, as
go contrary to its equally imperative
We cannot always be strictly guided by
Prudential considerations must have some weight.
It is necessary to use a little
specious are your reasons for advocating this or the other exception.
Rest satisfied that they are no more impossible than are your proposed
exceptions, which similarly conflict with the essential social laws of
One breach of
moral law leaves
a gap for numberless subsequent
If the first move has been taken with impunity, it will
be followed by others.
Make a hole through a principle to admit a
solitary exception and so many other exceptions will be thrust through after as
to render the principle void.
closely traced, this same plea
for licence in special cases turns out to be
the source of nearly all the evils
that afflict us.
breaker confesses his act is at variance with moral law, which he admits to
be, and in some sort believes to be, the best guide.
The rule breaker
thinks that his interest requires him to make exceptions.
All rule breakers do this;
and see the result.
A rule breaker is laying claim to the perfect
knowledge of precognition.
In short, he is assuming
omniscience, a requisite for success.
Departure from principle to
escape anticipated evil is a
return to the proved errors of engaging in political expediency.
Further enforced by reflection,
to think we can better ourselves by
deserting the road marked out, is
an impious assumption
of divine omniscience.
If the foolishness
of such conduct needs illustrating by facts, there are plenty.
Constant failure of unethical
schemes exemplifies these ethical principles.
The enslavement of the
negroes serves as a good example.
Rich soils, a splendid climate
and a large market for the sale
Now, could but a sufficiency of labourers be imported
and reduced to servitude, what
profit they would bring to their possessors!
golden visions have been far
from realized however.
countries are comparatively poverty stricken all over the Earth.
The southern states of America are far behind their northern neighbors
in prosperity and
are in process of abandoning
slavery one after another.
Somehow the scheme has not answered as
Though worked in some cases sixteen hours out of the
twenty-four; supported on "a pint of flour and one salt herring per day;"
kept to his work by whips,
the slave did not bring to his owner
the large profit calculated.
It has turned out that under like
circumstances wage labor is
Then there came results that were never looked for.
Slavery brought in its
train the multiplied curses of a diseased social state; a reign of mutual
demoralization; of sin-begotten
recklessness; of extravagant
bad cultivation, exhausted soils,
thought it would be highly beneficial to the mother country if the colonies
were constrained to become her customers by prohibiting settlers from
purchasing certain goods from any other country than England and actually
denying them the right to make those goods for themselves!
As usual the manuvre
proved worse than abortive.
That outlay was wholly thrown away, and
worse than thrown away; for it turns out that
artificial trades so obtained
entail loss upon both parties.
the résistance of the
settlers, war of
the hundred and
odd millions added to our national burdens!
What an astounding
illustration of the defeat of dishonesty by the eternal laws of right conduct
we have in the history of the
Selfish, unscrupulous, worldly-wise policy, unlimited
force to back it, this oligarchy perseveringly carried out schemes of
It subjugated province
It laid one prince after
another under tribute.
exorbitant demands upon adjacent
rulers, and construed refusal into a
pretext for aggression.
became sole proprietor of the land, claiming one-half the produce as rent.
It entirely monopolized
commerce: thus uniting in itself the
character of conqueror, ruler, landowner, and merchant.
With all these
resources, what could it be but prosperous?
From the spoils of
victorious war, the rent of millions of acres, the tribute of dependent
monarchs, the profits
of an exclusive trade, what untold wealth must have poured in upon it! what
revenues! what a bursting exchequer!
Alas! the Company is some
50,000,000l. in debt.
These are but a few samples from a universal
If diligently traced,
the results of abandoning
the ethical to pursue the expedient will uniformly be found to end
Men insane enough to think
that they may safely violate fundamental laws of right conduct,
may read in such defeats
and disasters their own fate.
Let them but inquire, and they will
find that each petty evil, each great catastrophe, is in some way
the consequence of a
sequence of injustice.
Yet this commentary on -
history as we call it - men for
ever read in vain!
Distraction and fear
keeps them from collecting
What are laws
determine national success or failure, stability or
they gossip about state
scandals, crimes of
nobles, the quarrels of parties,
kings, and other like
details, the vanity and
frippery of bygone times,
decorations of the web
of existence, they examine, analyze, and lecture on.
are blind to
stern realities each age
shrouds in its superficial tissue
of events - terrible
truths which glare out from the gloom of the past.
successive strata of our historical
deposits, they diligently gather
highly-coloured fragments, pounce upon
everything that is
curious and sparkling,
and chuckle like children over
their glittering acquisitions; meanwhile the
rich veins of wisdom lie
Why all this laboured examination into the
propriety, or impropriety, of making exceptions to an ascertained ethical law?
The very question is absurd.
What does it
mean to say a thing is "theoretically just," or "abstractedly correct " or a
man should be "true to principle."
Simply it accords with what is
perceived as the natural moral order.
What is theoretically just, in
strict duty, should be done.
True to principle requires
harmonious conformity with
The appointed path to
human happiness remains
infidelity, the true
atheism is to doubt the reality of the
natural moral order with the presumption individual judgement is less
If there be any weight in the considerations above set forth,
then, no matter how seemingly inexpedient, dangerous, injurious
even, may be the course which morality points out as "abstractedly right,"
the highest wisdom is in fearless
submission to the natural moral order." - Herbert
People judge others by
personal rules of conduct which may not be standard within
a social culture and may
not conform to the natural
moral sense is as vulnerable to illusions as the other senses.
A corrupt moral sense confuses
morality with 'perfection' and
A corrupt moral sense tends to
reframe practical problems
crusades and thus see their solution in punitive aggression.
A corrupt moral
sense imposes taboos that make
A corrupt moral
sense is the result of
falling into spiritual
Most people think it's bad to harm others and
good to help them.
People have a sense of fairness: that
one should reciprocate favors,
reward benefactors and
loyalty to a group, sharing and solidarity among its
members and conformity to its norms.
They believe that it is right to defer to legitimate
sanctity while reject
For a moral
maxim to be true it must have a rational universal proposition.
formulation of the categorical imperative:
"Act only according to that
maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal
law." - Immanuel Kant
Second formulation of the categorical imperative:
"Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person
or in the person of any other, always at the same time as an end and never
merely as a means to an end." - Immanuel Kant
Third formulation of the
"Every rational being must so act as if he were
through his maxim always a legislating member in the universal kingdom of
ends." - Immanuel
Examples of universal action that will inevitably destroy a
Deception - If it is
universally acceptable to lie, then no one would believe anyone and all truths
would be assumed to be lies.
Theft - If it is universally
acceptable to steal there could be no ownership.
Suicide - If it is
universally acceptable to
commit suicide when faced with the realization that many
life goals are
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