I Know Better

“However rude it may be these days to say so, there are some moral truths that we all really know–truths which a normal human being is unable not to know. They are a universal possession, an emblem of rational mind, an heirloom of the family of man. That doesn’t mean that we know them with unfailing perfect clarity, or that we have reasoned out their remotest implications: we don’t, and we haven’t…Yet our common moral knowledge is as real as arithmetic, and probably just as plain. Paradoxically, maddeningly, we appeal to it even to justify wrongdoing; rationalization is the homage paid by sin to guilty knowledge” (J. Budziszewski, What We Can’t Not Know [Dallas: Spence Publishing Company, 2003], 19).