[T]his Law or Rule about Right and Wrong used to be called the Law of Nature). . . .
This law was called the Law of Nature because people thought that every one knew it by nature and did not need to be taught it. They did not mean, of course, that you might not ﬁnd an odd individual here and there who did not know it, just as you ﬁnd a few people who are colour-blind or have no ear for a tune. But taking the race as a whole, they thought that the human idea of decent behaviour was obvious to every one. And I believe they were right. If they were not, then all the things we said about the war were nonsense. What was the sense in saying the enemy were in the wrong unless Right is a real thing which the Nazis at bottom knew as well as we did and ought to have practised? If they had had no notion of what we mean by right, then, though we might still have had to ﬁght them, we could no more have blamed them for that than for the colour of their hair.Read More