"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 individual man.
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 of us.
It is from
our possession of an emotion to
which they appeal, that religious institutions have been
called into existence.
throughout nature that the properties of a community are dependent upon the
attributes of its component parts.
Every social phenomenon must
have its origin in a property of the individual.
the attractions and affinities which are
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
suggests moral law originates in some attribute of the human being.
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
intense the gratification derived therefrom.
Thus, the longings
for food, for sleep, for warmth, are irresistible; and quite independent of
The continuance of humanity is secured not in
obedience to reason but
defiance of it.
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
"Manufactured thoughtlessness produces not only
an inattentiveness to the never-ending task of critique; it is the failure of
conscience and moral witnessing." - Henry A. Giroux
desirable that there should be
a segregation of those best
fitted for companionship - hence the sentiment of
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
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 behaviour.
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 of which is to dictate rectitude in
our transactions with each other; 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 so."
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.
The articles 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
can a desire give rise to a moral sense ?
To elucidate this we must
take an example.
Contrast the skinflint and
Accompanying his devotedness to
accumulation, the skinflint has a quite peculiar belief in the worth of
The most stringent economy he thinks virtuous; and anything
like the most ordinary liberality vicious; whilst of extravagance he has an
adds to his store seems to him good, whatever takes from it, bad.
a passing gleam of generosity lead him on some special occasion to open his
purse, he is pretty sure afterwards to reproach himself as having done
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.
Is there not here a confounding of
intellectual intelligence with emotional intelligence?
It is clear
that these opposite perceptions of the propriety or impropriety of certain lines
originate with the intellect, but with
The intellect, uninfluenced by
desire, would show both skinflint and spendthrift
that their habits were unwise;
whereas the intellect, influenced by
desire, makes each think the other a fool, but
does not enable him to see
his own foolishness.
Every desire is accompanied by a
moral sense of the rightness of those actions which give it
generates the moral sense that things are good or bad, according to the
pleasure or pain they bring; and would always generate such convictions, were
However, there is nearly always
a perpetual emotional
conflict - an antagonism throughout life
resulting from the incongruity of belief.
It is only where a desire
is very predominant, or where 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, well
illustrate the influence of the
moral sense which
is not readily explicable upon any other hypothesis.
decisions of the moral
sense upon the complex cases referred to it 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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