One more amazing quote from the article referenced by Aaron Zimmerman two posts below.
“Moral judgments are… rapid intuitive decisions and involve the emotion-processing parts of the brain. Most of us make snap moral judgments about what feels fair or not, or what feels good or not. We start doing this when we are babies, before we have language. And even as adults, we often can’t explain to ourselves why something feels wrong.
In other words, reasoning comes later and is often guided by the emotions that preceded it. Or as Jonathan Haidt of the University of Virginia memorably wrote, “The emotions are, in fact, in charge of the temple of morality, and … moral reasoning is really just a servant masquerading as a high priest.”
Reminds me of what Ashley Null wrote regarding Thomas Cranmer’s (founder of Anglicanism) understanding of human nature:
“What the heart loves, the will chooses and the mind justifies.”