College Talks

Lowry, Howard F.

Oxford University, 1969

p. 10

A Person who wants to slip out from under moral obligation will say that, with respect to this obligation, “the Eskimos think otherwise about it—and what’s good enough for the Eskimos is good enough for him.  Let us grant that there are mores and conventions wrongly inflated to the rank of morals, but there is another perverse tendency in us—to write off as mores and conventions whatever is difficult for us as morals.  Samuel Butler, the seventeenth-century satirist, condemned the Presbyterians:

Who condone the sins they are inclined to

By damning others they have no mind to.