Tuus totus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt
Didn't St Thomas base his ethics on human nature (like Aristotle)? So the basic starting point is, yes, what will make us happy or what is our highest good according to our nature. In other words, we have at least the beginnings of an answer written into ourselves (though this answer needs to be clarified, completed and enabled by revelation). God is not an arbitary lawmaker and neither is the Church's moral teaching an arbitrary law of impositions. It answers the question: what must we do or avoid to come to ultimate happiness? That's good news, but not undemanding.
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