But your conception of the cases in which your antecedent idea of the right
and the wrong appears, and your antecedent idea of that right
and of that wrong
, are very different ideas: that is, the case itself and your idea of the principle are distinct: the one a thing, the other an idea of something real.
What, then, is your idea of the right
, which is so distinct in your mind from the case in which it appears?
Interrogate your reason and consciousness.
Interrogate the reason and consciousness of all mankind.
Take this example: “The father of Caius Toranius
had been proscribed by the triumvirate.
, coming over to the interest of that party, discovered to the officers who were in pursuit of his father the place where he concealed himself, and gave withal a description by which they might distinguish his person when they found him. The old man, more anxious for the safety and fortunes of his son than about the little that might remain of his own life, began immediately to inquire of the officers who seized him, whether his son were well, whether he had done his duty to the satisfaction of the generals.
‘ That son,’ replied one of the officers, ‘so dear to thy affections, betrayed thee to us: by his information thou art apprehended, and diest.’
The officer, with this, struck a poniard to his heart, and the ”