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CHAPTER ONETHE LAW OF HUMAN NATURE Every one has heard people quarrelling.  Sometimes it sounds funny and sometimes it sounds merely unpleasant; but however it sounds,  I believe we can learn something very important from listening to the kind of things they say.  They say things like this: 'How'd you like it if anyone did the same to you?' -- 'That's my seat, I  was there first' -- 'Leave him alone, he isn't doing you any harm' -- 'Why should you shove in  first?' -- 'Give me a bit of your orange, I gave you a bit of mine' -- 'Come on, you promised.'  People say things like that every day, educated people as well as uneducated, and children as  well as grown-ups. Now what interests me about all these remarks is that the man who makes them is not merely  saying that the other man's behaviour does not happen to please him. He is appealing to some  kind of standard of behaviour which he expects the other man to know about. And the other  man very seldom replies: 'To hell with your standard.' Nearly always he tries to make out that  what he has been doing does not really go against the standard, or that if it does there is some  special excuse. He pretends there is some special reason in this particular case why the person  who took the seat first should not keep it, or that things were quite different when he was given  the bit of orange, or that something has turned up which lets him off keeping his promise. It  looks, in fact, very much as if both parties had in mind some kind of Law or Rule of fair play or 
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course REL 100 taught by Professor Depends during the Spring '08 term at Augsburg.

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