If we must have more laws in our lives, we should get rid of some we don’t need or which are too complex or unfair – downsize so to speak.
I love clarity and certainty.
Like gravity. A good one to keep. A law that can’t be broken. Perhaps amended, or improved, but ‘law’ until disproven or debunked. We revere Einstein, Hawking, Archimedes, Newton, Galileo and many more for their laws.
They were the first to describe them. Great minds of science and mathematics ‘explained’ their laws with formula or theory. They were law-identifiers, law-challengers and law-debunkers. I remember learning about ‘Mr. Gravity’ – Galileo, jailed in 1633. For heresy because he took issue with a law – correctly challenging the Copernican law, saying earth revolved around the sun. (Galileo spent the rest of his life in jail for telling truth about that natural law. It took 300 years for the Catholic Church to admit he was right).
Consider them all – traffic laws, tax laws, employment laws. Rights laws. Health laws. Laws of the high seas, war crime laws and religious/god’s laws (faiths, sect or sources vary – old books written long ago by then-literate men professing to be conduits of ‘the law’). Fish laws. Bakery laws. Wildlife laws. Liquor laws. Number and type of laws seems endless. Regulations too.
Governments make them, churches have made them, Moore made one, condominium boards make them, business and professional groups make them. Constitutional laws, citizens and politicians made. Court rulings create new law, so judges make laws too.
People break them. Politicians can amend or repeal them. Jails, prisons and civil courts are filled to their rafters with law breakers. Our society is rife with law makers, law breakers and law interpreters. It seems to me, if a law was made by people, it can (and is) be broken.
Math and science laws don’t require legislation or populism – they just ARE. Does that make them ‘natural law’? Are natural laws of nature (sounds scientific to me) or philosophy (sounds closer to religious law to me)?
Aside from rules and laws and all their flaws, I like thought. Thought is the only thing that ever made a law, or defied one, debunked one or interpreted one – natural or man-made.
In the world of thought – there are no rules, no laws, no regulations – you don’t need a license to own a brain – you aren’t regulated by how fast your thoughts go and won’t be destroyed if your thoughts crash into other ideas or get run off some logical road or follow a path of purity or depravity. Inside our heads, we are the law makers – we decide what is right or wrong, possible, impossible, believable and unbelievable. There is no gravity. No physics. No math. Our brain can go anywhere it wants, explore anything real or imagined – and I can only imagine that explainers like Einstein, Archimedes and Galileo were unbound by laws and mostly unbound by prisons (Galileo being jailed for defiance of religious laws and released well after his science was accepted). Some of his discoveries have been re-proven differently, but gravity is still with us.
I’ve heard of a man named Trump who believes earth revolves around him and he wants to jail those who disagree with him …
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