Deep thought

“The moral sense, or conscience, is as much a part of a man as his leg or arm.  It is given to all human beings in a stronger or weaker degree, as force of members is given them in a greater or less degree.  It may be strengthened by exercise, as an particular limb of the body.  This sense is submitted indeed in some degree to the guidance of reason; but it is a small stock which is required for this:  even less one than what we call common sense.  State a moral case to a ploughman and a professor.  The former will decide it as well, and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules.”  Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr

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