Just for a moment picture, not all the evil and bad in the world, but the good.

If you think about it and 'see' in your mind's eye all of the normal, everyday families in any given neighborhood who raise their children well and are pretty much model citizens, and, with a large dose of extrapolation, extend that image to include, first, the county in which you reside, then it is easy to see that the majority of citizens are law abiding, tax paying folks who respect the rule of law, serve the country if called upon and commit no crimes.

From there we move out; If you extend this to include the entire USA you can begin to see numbers veritably in the millions of quality people living their lives in peace.

Because I have traveled extensively in the world, I can assure that this pattern, of law abiding, societally conforming people is repeated nearly everywhere in equal numbers to that within the continental US.

By now, once we estimate the total number of these people by rough estimation, we can probably assume that there are literally billions of normal psychologically mature and responsible people living all across the globe.

Does this not indicate that there may be no need for a codified document to govern moral behavior? And further, even though the newscasts paint a negative picture of the world, does it not appear to be the case that human individuals are imbued with a very strong sense of what to do to secure a peaceful and productive life and need no help from ethical theories?

  • And how would the law abiding tax paying folk know how to law abide and pay taxes? How would they know how much taxes to pay and when? Or behave in tricky situations like abortion or euthanasia? Or when they do not have the expertise to decide? And even if their internal moral compass can tell them that in all cases how are they supposed to tune in to moral compasses of others to anticipate their actions so as to plan their own? Law and ethical theories are two very different things, codification is required for coherent coordination if nothing else, even if it were not informed by morality.
    – Conifold
    Nov 24 '19 at 23:40
  • It's not. about a tax code or knowing how much to pay. It's about the cumulative organic effect of individuals acting on an innate grasp of working together without being told to do so. No one tells anyone that they must enlist and risk their lives in the Middle East. CMS
    – user37981
    Nov 26 '19 at 0:57
  • I do not see how "the cumulative organic effect of individuals acting on an innate grasp of working together" is supposed to answer the questions I asked.
    – Conifold
    Nov 26 '19 at 1:00
  • "no need for a codified document" - are you talking about the Bible?
    – tkruse
    Nov 26 '19 at 1:31
  • Presumably, before the advent of writing, people did just that. The fact that many off the oldest manuscripts are codifications of law, tells that societies chose written law for a reason...
    – christo183
    Nov 26 '19 at 5:09

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