In this post, we are going to attempt to provide some reason why the three assumptions in the previous post have to be upheld as true. Let’s be reminded briefly of the assumptions again. They are:
1. The rules of law or equity are widely known and accepted.
2. These rules are consistent for everyone and are applicable to all at all times.
3. We can reasonably expect people to own up or at least be open to being held accountable to these rules.
Let’s create a simple scenario. So let’s assume that a man carted away with goods given to him in confidence.
I can take for granted that the moment you read the scenario, you subconsciously told yourself…that is wrong.
Now you do not know the men in question, as a matter of fact, the scenario is purely hypothetical, but that didn’t stop you from arriving at your conclusion. In fact, you probably even have thought about what you would have done to the man in question. Thus you have acted in keeping with the first assumption, that the man is in the wrong, and not only that, but also that everyone that hears it will agree with you, and not in the least, that the man who did the wrong, as a matter of fact, knows his actions were wrong.
In testing the second assumption, we also realize that if the man who in our thinking acted wrongly says to us – Well, you fellas are free to think I was wrong, but where I come from, what I did is perfectly normal, in fact, that’s what we all do. I’m certain we aren’t all going to nod in agreement and let him have it. Quite on the contrary, I know what we will do…
The third assumption, we certainly would expect him to own up, and act in some manner consistent with the repercussions of his actions, that is whether to pay back or accept the consequences of his actions as consistent with the act.
I quickly remind us, that in all these I have not invoked a constitutional authority or a legal code. And yet, you all or at least most of you can resonate with my current line of thinking largely because though we are very diverse and are from different climes, there is a law that binds us together. It is called Conscience.
About this, Apostle Paul in writing to the Romans, say that:
For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another
The only way we can all have it is that we were all born with it. Is there any proof?