Justice, Order, and Law
Updated -- 20 June 2005
Upon entering the rarefied atmosphere of Justice, Order, and Law, it might be wise to take the advice of Tom Robbins, who in his classic novel, Jitterbug Perfume, wrote that the sign over the doorway into Hell read, “Lighten Up.”
The need for this suggestion is due in part to the grotesque manner in which governments of the world have used law and order to deny, distort, and demean virtually any hint of justice. In many respects, the government of the United States of America has led the way. As the increasingly popular bumper sticker on the automobiles of America says, “I love my country, but I fear my government.” Now, more than ever.
There are two ways of approaching such a comment. One is based on Samuel Adams’ belief that “..it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds..” If anything is to be done about the current state of affairs in the arenas of Justice, Order, Law, and government -- where people fear their government and its laws and order -- then this seems to be good advice.
However, it is essential to consider Henry David Thoreau’s observation as well, i.e. “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” In other words, it is necessary that one does their homework prior to lashing out as an “irate, tire-less minority”. It does questionable good to hack away at the symptoms, when the cause of the deadly disease is where action can actually accomplish something. And ultimately, there will come the time when each of us must set about accomplishing something. Even if the means by which we accomplish our goals are enormously unique and diverse.
Perhaps the best place to begin is with the concepts of Justice and independently Liberty, followed in quick succession by the Declaration of Independence -- as well as the Original Declaration of Independence -- and the Constitution for the United States of America The latter constitute a wonderful set of documents containing within them some of the more enlightened thinking on the planet. Unfortunately, the laws of the United States, the statutes of the various States themselves, and the ordinances, rules, and other regulations, orders, rulings, decrees, guidelines, and precepts of local, State and Federal so-called authorities have removed the citizenry so far from the principles enumerated within these documents as to make a mockery of them.
This is not to lay a charge of treasonable activity just against the Congressional, Executive and Judicial branches of the United States, the Governors and Legislatures of each of the individual States, and the local governmental authorities -- the people of the United States deserve some credit as well for allowing it to happen with barely an audible whimper. (Although if the truth be known, the vast majority of unconstitutional law making has been so camouflaged and distorted, that its lack of notoriety is easily understood.)
The Supreme Court of the United States, for example, the branch of government designed as the logical protector of individual rights, has in fact been one of the more corrupting influences. Not just in terms of its recent, politically inspired travesties of justice, but early in its history when it began as series of ruling in favor of the Corporate Rule of our lives, including the horrendous 1886 ruling that held that a private corporation was a natural person under the U. S. Constitution. This has led to a horrific consequences, in that fictitious entities with limited liability have all the rights and privileges of citizens, and thus can purchase favorable legislation via Corporate Politics.
Conspiracies by their very nature are not good news. And the lack of responsible and/or fiduciary duty by the Media and/or Public Education has contributed substantially to the success of whatever conspiracies might actually be a real and valid threat.
Education has contributed substantially to the success of whatever conspiracies might actually be a real and valid threat.
However, rather than concentrate on the evils of the evil empires of evil governments and their evil co-conspirators the world over, perhaps it would be preferable to accentuate the positive, and reduce the negative rumblings to a minimum. In other words, concentrate on a system of Justice and/or Restorative Justice (as opposed to law and order). It won’t be possible to totally eliminate any negative comments on the current State-of-affairs, if only because the reason and logic for doing things differently might not be self-evident as a means of avoiding problems.
Just as in The Fool’s Journey, it is necessary in making choices to not only choose the positive choice, but to have an understanding of the negative choice. Choosing to be a Pollyanna is not necessarily naive -- if one knows why they are choosing to be the eternal optimist. Being foolish and naive is one thing. But if one chooses to be the Fool, knowing full well in what they are not choosing to participate, then the Fool is truly the Wise.
In this regard, one might keep in mind the sage advice of Lao Tzu (c. 600 B.C.E.) and more recently, Frank Zappa (May 1977):
In pursuing the subjects of Justice, Order, and Law, feel free to select (in true Chinese restaurant style) any number of links from a modified version of the Tree of Life below:
Freedom of Religion Holy War The Rules of Holy War
Racism and Culturalism Multiculturalism Perils of Immigration
Free Speech The (9) Supremes The Halls of SCOTUS
An American Third Party A Third Party That Knows How to Party
or back to
Chronicles of Earth The Party’s Over Indianapolis
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