The Rational Good

The Rational Good

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The Rational Good

The Rational Good

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What is right, we have often been told, is the easiest thing in the world to know and the most difficult thing to do. Unfortunately truth will not compress itself into epigram, and a facile antithesis is usually misleading. To deal plainly with himself is perhaps enough for a man in ninety-nine cases, but the hundredth, if he still deals plainly, will present a real difficulty. Moreover, the ninety-nine cases are, or appear to be, so easy because the man lives and moves and acts in a society with defined standards, established relations, express or implied understandings under which he has himself grown up and to which his sense of right and wrong has adapted itself. He knows in the ordinary case what is expected of him, and he expects nothing else of himself. If these standards are assumed, private conduct becomes a matter of their application, and it is true that this is, in any ordinary case, simple enough. But suppose the social standards themselves to be called in question. By what standard shall they be judged? Here is a question . . .

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