"There is no way of coming at a true theory of society, but
by inquiring into the nature of its component individuals.
humanity in its combinations, it is necessary to
analyze humanity in its elementary
We quickly find that every phenomenon exhibited by
an amalgamation of men,
originates in some quality of the
A little consideration shows us, for instance, that
the very existence of society, implies some natural affinity in its members for
such a union.
It is pretty clear too, that without
a certain fitness in mankind for
ruling, and being ruled,
government would be an
organizations of commerce, have grown up under the
stimulus of certain desires existing in each
It is from
our possession of an
emotion to which they appeal, that
religious institutions have
been called into existence.
see throughout nature that the properties of a community are dependent upon the
attributes of its component parts.
Every social action must
have its origin in a property of the individual.
the attractions and affinities latent in
separate atoms, become visible when those atoms are approximated; so
the forces that are dormant in
the isolated men, are rendered active by juxtaposition
with his fellows.
philosophy suggests moral law originates naturally.
Had we no other
inducement to eat than that arising from the prospect of certain advantages to
be thereby obtained, it is
scarcely probable that our bodies would be so well cared for as now.
If, in addition to these needs of the body, all other requirements of
our nature were similarly consigned to the sole care of the intellect - were
knowledge, property, freedom, reputation, friends, sought only at the
intellects dictation - then our investigations would be perpetual,
our estimates complex, our decisions so difficult that life would be wholly
occupied in the collection of
evidence and the balancing of
Quite different, however, is the method of nature.
We find in ourselves some prompter called
a desire; and the more essential
the action, the more powerful
is the impulse to its performance, and the more
gratification derived therefrom.
Thus, the longings for food, for
sleep, for warmth, are irresistible; and quite independent of foreseen
The continuance of humanity is secured not in
obedience to reason but
often in defiance of
That men are not impelled to accumulate the means of subsistence
solely by a view to
consequences, is proved by the existence of skinflints, in whom the love of
acquirement is gratified to the neglect of the ends.
We find employed a like system
of regulating our conduct to our fellows.
That we may behave in the public
sight in the most agreeable manner, we possess a love of
thoughtlessness produces not only an inattentiveness to the
critique; it is the failure of conscience and moral witnessing." - Henry A.
desirable that there should be
a segregation of those best fitted
for companionship - hence the sentiment of friendship.
May we not
then reasonably expect to find a like
instrumentality employed in impelling us to that line of conduct, in the due
observance of which consists what we call morality ?
We are guided to
our bodily welfare by instincts; that from instincts also, spring those
domestic relationships - and that
similar agencies are
used to secure our indirect benefit, by regulating social behavior.
As upright conduct in each is necessary to the happiness of all, there
exists in us an impulse towards such conduct; we possess a " Moral Sense," a
duty to dictate rectitude in
transactions; which receives gratification from honest and fair dealing;
and which gives birth to the
sentiment of justice.
"And so you think," says the patrician, "that
the object of our rule should be
'the greatest happiness to the greatest number.'"
"Such is our
opinion," answers the
Whereupon, after some shuffling, our petitioner is
forced to confess, that he has no other authority but his own feeling - that he
has simply an innate perception of the fact; or, in other words, that "his moral sense tells him
In truth, none but those committed to
a preconceived theory, can fail
to recognise, on every hand, the workings of such a faculty.
times downward there have been constant signs of its presence -
signs which happily thicken as our own day is approached.
of Magna Charta embody its protests against oppression, and its demands for a
better administration of justice.
But how, it may be asked, can an
emotion have perception?
How can a desire give rise to a
moral sense ?
To elucidate this we must take an example.
Contrast the skinflint and the
his devotedness to accumulation, the skinflint has a quite peculiar
belief in the worth of money.
The most stringent economy he thinks
virtuous; and anything like the most ordinary liberality vicious;
whilst of extravagance he has an
Whatever adds to his store seems to him good,
whatever takes from it, bad.
Should a passing gleam of generosity lead
him on occasion to open his purse, he is pretty sure afterwards to reproach
himself as having done wrong.
Whilst the spendthrift is
deficient in the instinct of
acquisition, he also fails to realize the intrinsic worth of
The spendthrift regards saving habits as mean; and holds that
there is something noble in profuseness.
Here a confounding of
intellectual intelligence with emotional intelligence.
It is clear
perceptions of the propriety or impropriety of certain lines of conduct,
do not originate with the
intellect, but with the
by desire, would show both skinflint and spendthrift
their habits were unwise; whereas
the intellect, influenced by
desire, makes each think the other a fool, but
doesn't enable him to see
his own foolishness.
Every desire is accompanied by a
moral sense of the rightness of those actions which give it
Human desire generates the moral sense that things
are good or bad, according to the
pleasure or pain they bring; and always generates such convictions when
However, there is nearly always
a perpetual emotional
conflict - an antagonism
throughout life resulting from the incongruity of belief.
a desire is very predominant, or no adverse desire exists, that the connection
between the instincts and the opinions they dictate, becomes
"If," say the objectors, "this 'moral sense'
originates different notions of duty in each age, each race, each individual,
how can it afford a safe foundation for a systematic morality?"
What can seem to be more absurd
than to seek a definite rule of right, in the answers of so uncertain an
The phenomena of social life, both past and present,
illustrates the influence of the
moral sense which is
not readily explicable upon
any other hypothesis.
Although decisions of
moral sense are
inaccurate and often
contradictory, it may still be capable of generating
a fundamental moral
intuition, which can be
logically unfolded into
a scientific morality." - Herbert Spencer
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