"[32] Cicero's description of the immutable, eternal, and universal natural law was quoted by Burlamaqui[33] and later by the American revolutionary legal scholar James Wilson. One such regularity, discovered by Galileo, is that two rocks, dropped at the same time from the same height, reach the ground at the same time.

"[122] The Lockean idea that governments need the consent of the governed was also fundamental to the Declaration of Independence, as the American Revolutionaries used it as justification for their separation from the British crown.

[20] For Cicero, natural law obliges us to contribute to the general good of the larger society. [74] Coke's preeminence extended across the ocean: "For the American revolutionary leaders, 'law' meant Sir Edward Coke's custom and right reason. There is no philosophical basis for giving it a wider meaning than partial or absolute association. "[31], The British polemicist Thomas Gordon "incorporated Cicero into the radical ideological tradition that travelled from the mother country to the colonies in the course of the eighteenth century and decisively shaped early American political culture. The English cleric Richard Cumberland wrote a lengthy and influential attack on Hobbes's depiction of individual self-interest as the essential feature of human motivation.

Early Irish law, An Senchus Mor (The Great Tradition) mentions in a number of places recht aicned or natural law. If the sun sets in the west, it always rises again the next morning in the east. And if we lived in an unpredictable world, where things changed in random or very complex ways, we would not be able to figure things out. Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.

Consequences are in God's hands, consequences are generally not within human control, thus in natural law, actions are judged by three things: (1) the person's intent, (2) the circumstances of the act and (3) the nature of the act. i), were not esteemed sinful.[52]. Man is the work of nature, he exists in nature, he is subject to its laws, he can not break free, he can not leave even in thought; it is in vain that his spirit wants to soar beyond the bounds of the visible world, he is always forced to return.

On the contrary, they would seem to require more; for the facts are obscure, the means of inquiry imperfect, and in every exercise of the mind there are peculiar facilities to err. "[107] Cumberland concludes that actions "principally conducive to our Happiness" are those that promote "the Honour and Glory of God" and also "Charity and Justice towards men. "Aquinas's Two Doctrines of Natural Law. "New Natural Law" as it is sometimes called, originated with Grisez. In no case has it been proved that there is an inherent necessity in the laws of nature. (See also Biblical law in Christianity.) For in all the states … Whatever opinions we may adopt as to the physical constitution of comets, we must admit that they serve some grand and important purpose in the economy of the universe; for we cannot suppose that the Almighty has created such an immense number of bodies, and set them in rapid motion according to established laws, without an end worthy of his perfections, and, on the whole, beneficial to the inhabitants of the system through which they move. Here the eggs are fostered, and here the parts of the living [fetus], when they have further unfolded, become manifest and are made strong. Letter XXII. We can't help but wonder what JFK would have thought about today's speed of change. If the right sought to be enforced is inconsistent with either of these, the English municipal courts cannot recognize it."[91].

There would be nothing to figure out.

'Geological Illustrations', Appendix to G. Cuvier.

Can we now imagine what that would be like?