Friday, January 16, 2009

Thomas Jefferson on Moral Principles - The Moral Sense

I especially like Jefferson’s second excerpt here. This is the way I see things. The Internet is God’s greatest act of grace. With it many are finding the truth about many important things that concern us all. With this truth greater minds are made day after day and at the same time a stronger more united force is rising to resist the evil that befalls us all. I do not see utopia on the horizon but I do see the subversion of evil once again. May God speed the way.

The next clipping will be from a new section called "Self-Interest and Morality".
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"Experience proves that the moral and physical qualities of man, whether good or evil, are transmissible in a certain degree from father to son." --Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1813. ME 13:395

"[It is a] general truth that great men will think alike and act alike, though without intercommunication." --Thomas Jefferson to William B. Giles, 1796. ME 9:326

"Assuming the fact that the earth has been created in time and consequently the dogma of final causes, we yield, of course, to this short syllogism: Man was created for social intercourse; but social intercourse cannot be maintained without a sense of justice; then man must have been created with a sense of justice." --Thomas Jefferson to Francis Gilmer, 1816. ME 15:24

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