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).

2 thoughts on “I Know Better

  1. Excellent quote. It reminds me of C. S. Lewis at the beginning of “Mere Christianity” when he is pointing out that nobody actually lives as a moral relativist, no matter what he or she asserts.

  2. Excellent point Kyle.

    I believe if one takes a relative view of morality they are considered amoral. So saying moral relativist really is a logical contradiction.

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