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It seems to me that the nature of the ultimate revolution with which we are now faced is precisely this: That weIt seems to me that the nature of the ultimate revolution with which we are now faced is precisely this: That weare in process of developing a whole series of techniques which will enable the controlling oligarchy who haveare in process of developing a whole series of techniques which will enable the controlling oligarchy who havealways existed and presumably will always exist to get people to love their servitude. (Aldous Huxley)always existed and presumably will always exist to get people to love their servitude. (Aldous Huxley)
The Reasonable ManThe Reasonable Man
The English law, in judging of men’s behaviour whether it is right or wrong, refers it to anideal, but not to a very lofty one.
Sir Francis Taylor Piggott (1852-1925) - Two Chapters In The Law Of Torts (1898)
Sir Francis Taylor Piggott
(Of the Middle Temple, Barrister-At-Law, Procureur And Advocate-General, Mauritius; LateLegal Advisor To the Japanese Cabinet) recorded in his book -
Two Chapters In The Law Of Torts
- an address thathe had made to members of the Japanese Cabinet Office, in which he presented the philosophy of ‘
and its significance in
English Common Law
. The following is an abstract from his opening address:
“I could do nothing which should in the slightest degree incite the principes and sapientes of this Eastern Kingdom tofollow the example of the British legislator who makes of the path of duty a labyrinth wherein not even the wariest canwalk with safety. I trust that the Japanese lawyers will never have this means furnished to them for growing rich. Andto this end I shall talk to you about a most interesting person who is the creation of that law and who probably is notaltogether unfamiliar to you : he is called the reasonable man. His character, however, is not yet fully developed : butthe Courts are busy the year through, the long summer days excepted, in perfecting it. Not a day passes butsome fresh quality is added to, or some fresh example is given of his already delightful character.Who and what is he ? He is a man only of average intellect and intelligence, and not transcendently wise. He is veryhuman : his wisdom is only of the common worldly sort ; he cannot foresee the unexpected ; though he learnsfrom past experience, he is not one of whom we say contemptuously he is wise after the event ; acting circumspectlyhimself, he is not extreme with his neighbours, requiring them to be more than careful ; he begs them only to actcircumspectly too ; he is most particular not to do harm to his fellows deliberately ; and when he does injure them wecannot blame him, for we know that it must have been from sheer necessity, or that it was unintentional and thatthings could scarcely have happened otherwise. Indeed, he will often avoid causing people trouble which after all everyone would have said had served them right”.