One of my natural law students told me this week of a conversation with his six-year-old sister.
He had been learning that according to Thomas Aquinas, a command, in order to be a genuine law rather than an act of violence, must be reasonable, for the common good, made by competent public authority, and promulgated to all.
Sister: "What are you working on?"
Brother: "A paper about natural law."
Sister: "I know about laws, you know."
Brother: "Really? What do you know?"
Sister: "Laws are rules that make good things."
Brother: "Good for you or for everybody?"
Brother: "Yes! And do laws have to be reasonable or just whatever somebody wants?"
Sister: "Of course they have to be reasonable!"
Brother: "And who makes them?"
Sister: "The President!"
Brother: "And who knows about them?"
Sister: "Well, they have to be known about by everybody."
This adorable little scholar seems to be both an incipient Thomist, and, like most children, a monarchist.