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No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity.

— James Madison (via)  <link>

We must try not to compare our insides to other people’s outsides.

— Anne Lamott, All New People  <link>

When all that says ‘it is good’ has been debunked, what says ‘I want’ remains.

— C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man  <link>

Morality is always dreadfully complicated to a man who has lost all his principles.

— G.K. Chesterton  <link>

Those who stand outside all judgments of value cannot have any ground for preferring one of their own impulses to another except the emotional strength of that impulse.

— C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man  <link>

Natural Law

This thing which I called for convenience the Tao, and others may call Natural Law or Traditional Morality or the First Principles of Practical Reason or the First Platitude, is not one among a series of possible systems of value. It is the sole source of all value judgments. If it is rejected, all value is rejected. If any value is retained, it is retained. The effort to refute it and raise a new system of value in its place is self-contradictory. There has never been, and never will be, a radically new judgment of value in history of the world. What purport to be new systems or (as they now call them) ‘ideologies’, all consist of fragments from the Tao itself, arbitrarily wrenched from their context in the whole and then swollen to madness in their isolation, yet still owing to the Tao and to it alone such validity as they possess. If my duty to my parents is superstition, then so is my duty to posterity. If justice is superstition, then so is my duty to my country or my race. If pursuit of scientific knowledge is a real value, then so is conjugal fidelity. The rebellion of new ideologies against the Tao is a rebellion of the branches against the tree: if the rebels could succeed they would find that they destroyed themselves. The human mind has no more power of inventing a new value than imagining a new primary colour, or, indeed, of creating a new sun and a new sky for it to move in.

— C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man  <link>

Listening to Instinct

To listen to that instinct speaking in its own cause and deciding it in its own favor would be rather simple-minded. Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of all the rest. By the very act of listening to one rather than to others we have already prejudged the case. If we did not bring to the examination of our instincts a knowledge of their comparative dignity we could never learn it from them. And that knowledge cannot itself be instinctive: the judge cannot be one of the parties judged; or, if he is, the decision is worthless…

— C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man  <link>

Every human situation, the Roman Stoic philosopher Epictetus once warned, is like a vase with two handles: If you have quarreled with your brother, you can grasp the handle which is the fact that you have quarreled, or you can grasp the handle which is the fact that he is your brother.

— Joseph Bottum, “Judgment of Memory” in First Things, March 2008  <link>

We judge of man’s wisdom by his hope.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson  <link>

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

— Carl Jung  <link>

When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself.

— Earl Nightingale  <link>