|Right and wrong|
| People say that morality depends on faith. Certainly, we rely on faith to show us what we canít see with our eyes, but right and wrong does not depend on our faith. We do not turn the moral law on and off simply by acknowledging or ignoring it. I can shut my eyes as I drive through a red light, but I still break the law.
Right and wrong is independent and self-evident. It is as unavoidable as any law of logic or physics. Not only can we know the moral standard, it is made known to us. Right and wrong is made known, or it does not exist. That which holds us accountable cannot depend on us to come looking for it.
Morality is a willful adherence to a known standard. If we donít know about it, weíre innocent, regardless of what we do. Morality is something we do in response to knowledge we already have.
An immoral act is not merely harmful. I could hurt someone, even kill someone, by accident. An immoral act is a willful wrong.
Watch a man defend himself in court. If he cannot show himself innocent of the act itself, he wants to show himself innocent of knowledge. He did not realize the law, or he did not realize what he was doing.
The prosecuter counters by pointing to a universal law. He did know about it. He did know what he was doing. There is a law of right and wrong, and it makes itself known.
This is the law my conscience tells me about. My conscience is a messenger, the voice of reason. Unlike pride, it does not always back me up. Sometimes it does; sometimes it doesnít.
Pride always backs me up. No matter how selfish my actions, it will find an excuse for me.
Not so with my conscience. It looks straight into my face and rebukes me.
Why do I pretend to be something that I know Iím not? My own conscience testifies against me. Somehow I know something in my head that I donít want to believe in my heart. My desire to be god hinders my progress in understanding.
This explains why people become irrational with moral issues. Much of morality is fact, inescapable truth, but we donít want to acknowledge it. Morality reflects the fact that value exists in us, and that value exists regardless of whether we acknowledge it or not.