Sociology, or, The reconstruction of society, government, and property/37
The classification of rights and wrongs is more simple than that of all the other departments of Nature, and yet it is the least understood. Though they are the opposites of each other, and of course class in parallels, yet each of them classes only into two orders, into seven genera, and into some fifty species; while the mineral, vegetable, and animal forms of matter class into several hundred orders, upwards of ten thousand genera, and more than one hundred thousand known species. It is because mankind consists of but one species, with but five great systems of organs, giving rise to the same number of properties— those of form, life, reproduction, locomotion, and mind — that makes the science of society so simple. Eights and wrongs, then, consist of not only a few divisions, but call for no study of the exact ratio of the regular forms of architecture and sculpture in plastics, of the proportions of colors in chromatics, of notes in harmonics, and of equivalents in substances, sapon, etc., as required in artistic skill and taste.
As the whole body of Nature is but the composition of a few simple elements arranged according to a few plans of structure, it might be inferred from them alone that the individuals of each of the distinct departments of Nature would resemble in different degrees, and would be found grouped together and labelled by her. So much has Nature preserved the individuals of each worldom from chaos, by running a distinct character and principle through each genera, species, etc., that even the tools and machinery for manufacturing can be classed into them, as those for cutting, pressing, transporting things, etc. Is it, then, to be supposed that when all the lower forms of Nature are subjected to grouping, that the wants, rights, and duties with their opposites, cannot be also subjected to it?