Morals, ethics, and manners are objective because we can decide between sets of them in matters of conflict over them. We call this ‘natural law‘. Meaning it’s decidable across all local variations. Natural law: fully informed productive warrantied, voluntary transfer limited to externalities of the same criteria. In other words reciprocally beneficial cooperation. All conflict can be decided by this principle.
Moral norms, ethical norms, and normative manners are objective social contracts given local circumstances, and are decidable between in-group members.
Personal moral preferences, ethical preferences, and manners preferences are expressions of what we think we can get away with while fulfilling our reproductive strategy.
Now, natural law is just what it is whether we like it or not – for the persistence of cooperation, and the benefits that come from it.
Moral, ethical norms are the group’s evolutionary strategy – successful or not.
Personal moral and ethical preferences reflect the individual’s evolutionary strategy.
SO there can exist natural LAW and the violation of it.
Legislation that enhances natural law and legislation that violates it.
Regulation that enhances natural law and regulation that violates it.
Moral norms that enhance natural law and moral norms that violate it.
Personal moral bias that enhances natural law , and that which does not.
We call everything ‘law‘ when most of it is either command or contract or regulation. There is very little ‘law‘ outside of anglo-saxon common law.
We call everything moral and ethical, but most of it is social contract, or personal strategy and tactic. There is often precious little that is moral and ethical in personal and normative manners, ethics, and morals.
This is a very useful and important lesson
by Curt Doolittle