Interior diaogue on obligation

A: The Natural Law is nonsense.

B: Why?

A: Just look around – where are the Natural Cops?

B: I guess there aren’t any.

A: But a law that is simply posted and then counts on self-enforcement is a farce. It’s a law on the honor system! If human beings were ruled by a natural law, what an absurd existence they would have!

B: But what if the law was written on the heart?

A: Who cares where it’s written? And if the law is absurd, are you saying it would be better to write it “on the heart”?

B: I don’t mean it that way, I mean you have a certain nature, which is satisfied by some things and harmed by others.

A: Well, I think anyone would agree with that, but the problem still remains that we are all still on the honor system to do no harm, even if we can figure out what’s good for us.

B: But why is this absurd? You read the rules as best you can and make your own choice. No one second guesses you. No one hovers over you or fails to trust you. The universe was not made by someone who would treat you like a chattel, a subject, or a child. You do good or evil and no one rushes in from outside of you. The silence of the universe is the measure of your dignity.

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4 Comments

  1. thenyssan said,

    July 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    And the Cops are just pedagogues who train us until we can choose (rationally? responsibly?) on our own.

    • July 24, 2010 at 6:14 pm

      Right, and who owe their existence to a choice which was our own: not as individuals, but as a society.

      • thenyssan said,

        July 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm

        I was thinking of a different twist: not the Cops of social choice, but Parents. That kind of Cop is someone who has graduated to the realm of responsible choice and now must teach someone else how to get there by “law enforcement.” There’s a funny infinite regress tickling the back of my mind there.

        Or how about the Cops who are instituted by God (Ecclesiastical Cops)? Natural Cops come from very unexpected places.

  2. Peter said,

    July 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    O thought most fearful that justice also should be so long silent!


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