Law Of Human Nature

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There cannot be a wrong unless there is something that is right to compare it to. In the Law of Human Nature, C.S Lewis sets forth the foundational ideas regarding right and wrong. The most basic yet most important concept is that without the knowledge of what is right; humans cannot make the claim that something is wrong. By pointing out that one’s idea is not correct one is inadvertently admitting that he believes in a standard of right and wrong. C.S Lewis points out that all humans have a tendency to quarrel. Instead of putting his focus on the argument, Lewis directs the reader’s attention to the reason behind the quarreling. Usually when two are more people are arguing it is because they disagree with the other’s behavior. The real reason people quarrel is to show that the other man is in error and that his behavior needs to be corrected. Typical words that could be said when in an argument are “that’s not fair”, “you are wrong” and “how’d you like it if anyone did the same to you?”.The point Lewis is trying to make is that all humans, whether intentionally or not, follow some standard of behavior and expect others to follow it just as well. If there were no standard for right and wrong then Hitler’s actions would be considered acceptable behavior. Fault would be non-existent without a source of truth. In other words there cannot be wrong unless is a standard of rightness to compare one’s behavior to. Another point C.S Lewis makes when in The Law of Human Nature is that this law applies to all humans in all places and at all times. As a whole all civilizations have similar standards regarding morality. There are minor differences but those differences never make up the majority of one’s belief system. Ideas like service above self and two plus two never equals five are universal throughout the world. The Law of Human Nature is not partial, it excludes no
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