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39 CHAPTER III. OF THE ULTIMATE SANCTION OF THE PRINCIPLE OF UTILITY. rE question is often asked, and properly so, in regard to any supposed moral standard What is its sanction? what are the motives to obey it ? or more specifically, what is the source of its obligation ? whence does it derive its binding force ? It is a necessary part of moral philosophy to provide the answer to this question ; which, though frequently assuming the shape of an objection to the utilitarian morality, as if it had some special applicability to that above others, really arises in regard to all standards. It arises, in fact, whenever a person is called on to adopt a standard or refer morality to any basis on which he has not been accustomed to rest it. For the customary morality, that which education and opinion have consecrated, is the only one which presents itself to the •mind with the feeling of being in itself obli gatory ; and when a person is asked to believe that this morality derives its obligation from some general principle round which custom has not thrown the same halo, the assertion is to him a paradox ; the supposed corollaries seem to have a more binding force than the original theorem ; the superstructure seems to stand better without, than with, what is represented as its foundation. He says to himself, I feel that I
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40 UTILITARIANISM. am bound not 'to rob or murder, betray or deceive ; but why am I bound to promote the general happi ness ? If my own happiness lies in something else, why may I not give that the preference ? If the view adopted by the utilitarian philosophy of the nature of the moral sense be correct, this dif ficulty will always present itself, until the influences which form moral character have taken the same hold of the principle which they have taken of some of the consequences until, by the improvement of educa tion, the feeling of unity with our fellow creatures shall be (what it cannot be doubted that Christ in tended it to be) as deeply rooted in our character, and to our own consciousness as completely a part of our nature, as the horror of crime is in an ordinarily well- brought-up young person. In the mean time, how ever, the difficulty has no peculiar application to the doctrine of utility, but is inherent in every attempt to analyse morality and reduce it to principles ; which, unless the principle is already in men's minds invested with as much sacredness as any of its applications, always seems to divest them of a part of their sanctity. The principle of utility either has, or there is no reason why it might not have, all the sanctions which belong to any other system of morals. Those sanc tions are either external or internal. Of the external sanctions it is not necessary to speak at any length.
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