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Chapter 5 – Sources of AuthorityLESSON 2 Authority of the law It has been mentioned that ethicsis founded on lawandthat we, who are capable of knowing and doing what the law requires, should act in accordance with it.Law is defined as a rule of action or a principle of conduct which directs things towards a definite goal. Generally, the goal of law is the common good. And this is applicable when law concerns human beings. This means that law as the rule or principle is actually the guiding principle of man’s reason and only thencan it direct human actions toward their proper goal. Law, however cannot be of use and cannot be obeyed unless it is known. It must be made known or promulgated to the persons who are subjects to it.“Law is an ordinance of reason promulgated for the common good byone who is in-charge of community or society.” – St. Thomas AquinasLaw is an ordinance. This means that law is not just a mere advice, counsel or suggestions but an order, a command, a mandate imposing the legislator’s will on the citizens and binding them with moral necessity.Law is an ordinance of reason. This means that a law is not an arbitrarywhim but an intelligent direction composed by the superior’s will but

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