The Law of Human Nature

I’m reading the book Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Early on Lewis elaborates on what he calls the “Laws of Human nature.” According to Lewis, and I don’t disagree, every person no matter where on earth they are born recognize a certain code of conduct that is expected. People recognized a certain fairness should be involved with our mutual transactions.I’ve referred to this shared knowledge as the writing on the walls of the mind left there by the creator many generations before. A sacred law placed in the repository of the human mind many millenniums ago. Leaving genetics to do the work of ensuring the “Law of Human Nature” carries on. We humans can no more deny the existence of this program than we can the fact we have two eyes, two hands, two feet, or any other physical condition.

Lewis also points out that man will always break the very “law of nature” that he recognizes so intimately to be true and just. Have you ever hear the term “honor amongst thieves?” This very statement, a sentiment that is universally accepted, proves even those among us who would intentionally do harm to others recognize the law of human nature.

One of the first steps to taking incremental action aimed at increasing happiness and wellbeing is to recognize this “law of nature” and embrace it for the value it adds to existence. You’ve certainly heard the saying “it’s better to give than receive.” It’s this built in program, this writing on the walls of the mind that tells us it’s true. The sense of happiness that is enjoyed when the observation of the “law of nature” moves from the unconscious mind to the conscious mind should not be understated. This author asserts this truth to be one incremental step that can be taken to improve the wellbeing and happiness of everyone.


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