be right, and of the other to be wrong, and have a definite idea of that right
and that wrong
, each in itself.
And we furthermore say, that human nature cultivated to the highest degree bears the same testimony to the difference in the conduct of this father and this son, and attaches essentially the same ideas to that difference.
In calling the one right
and the other wrong
, men say, and they mean to say, that the one is good and the other is evil
. This is the uniform judgment of human reason — the permanent belief of mankind.
To this common sense
bears ample testimony.
Grammarians have not invented languages.
Government itself dates back of legislators — they have only modified it. Philosophers have not invented beliefs: without concert, without conventions, the world has fallen upon certain beliefs, and certain signs to express these beliefs.
In the secret chambers of the soul, not of any one individual man, but of all men individually, consciousness bears testimony that such and such is the belief of all men, and this we call the judgment of common sense; and such is also her testimony in all languages as to the thing that is right
, and that the right
in any given case is the idea, we have of the good
in that case.
The right, then, is the good
,” says Webster
, “straightness, rectitude ;” which he explains to be conformity to