Law


hope The tendency for humanity to create laws has a long history.

Among the first codified sets of laws was "Hammurabi's Code". Hammurabi
was a Sumerian Prince who created a set of laws to protect the people of
ancient Sumeria, which sought to regulate and control human behaviour
by
imposing sanctions in the form of punishments, some of them brutal. The fact of the existence
of
laws is a curious thing - typically the fact and existence of laws is accepted as being somehow unavoidable - essential to human life and consciousness.  But what happened that caused the
need to create laws at all?


Of greater interest is the question as to why laws are not more successful. In fact, through time
there have been yet more and more laws, controls, constraints and prohibitions against certain
human behaviors, while in contrast we might expect that as humanity develops that we would
require fewer laws, and fewer directives guiding life and behavior. It's this odd inverse relationship between on one hand the idea that we are progressing, and on the other hand that we are
regressing with having to impose so many controls on how we live and on people's behavior.

It would seem to make more sense that as we do advance, that we would become more aware
and conscious of the ability to get along as a species,  to understand that which is necessary to a successful life, and to spend less time and energy engaging in behaviours that waste life in negative ways or consume life in the process of attempting to control.  It raises the question as to what might have got lost from human consciousness that laws had to be created in the first instance? That is to ask the question "Why don't people know how to behave in ways that support life and individuals"?

Is the fact of needing laws a consequence of the early stories that tell us of "Fallen Man?" (the
stories from Bibles and Religions that are widespread and prevalent in most of the mind of
humanity) - and is behaviour that goes against life just a symptom of this fall that we invented laws
to try to control or correct the primal error of a fall? Given that the laws are increasing, and that
many of the behaviours the laws seek to prevent are at best only suppressed - but the urges and motives to go against the laws stay alive - controlled perhaps by these legal impositions - but still alive.  What do the creators of laws not understand so that their best solution is these prohibitions which do nothing to improve the consciousness of the people they are created to control, so that those people would not feel compelled to do things that they need to be prevented from doing.

In other words,  how is it that if we are as intelligent as we boast to be that we are actually going backwards in terms of human development, but apparently going forward at an exponential rate
with technological development? What is missing in human consciousness or as a result of this fabled "fall" of humanity that is so difficult to correct that we are still going about it the wrong way?

And a more intriguing possibility is that there is a secret purpose to the creation of laws.

Laws are ostensibly to protect people, to encourage justice as an ideal, and to function as a remediation when the former do not live up to the constructs which created the desire for law and justice at all.

But we have to ask about the nature of laws themselves: Why does our species need to create
laws at all. It's an interesting question, since the fact that we apparently, as a species, require so many laws to control and regulate behaviour thereby creating normative (but tightly controlled) behavioural expectations within a society would suggest a weakness rather than a strength.

It is appealing to think that we should require no laws at all, and given the numbers of laws, the
scope of those laws, the resources which go into creating, codifying, training, enforcing, and managing the laws is vast. In one sense, we can understand that much social organization has
been encouraged and enabled by the creation of laws. Conversely, we have to wonder that we needed to have laws at all. That is, it would seem to suggest that something went quite wrong
with humanity that laws were created at all to compel people to behave in certain ways.

And, to have to compel people to behave in certain ways and also to compel people to not behave
in certain ways seems to miss the point of living - why do humans not know how to conduct themselves in accordance with life, without any laws to guide, inform, or control them (since law
is indeed a form of power and control).  Some might argue that without laws we would be  barbaric, and savage - but indeed, we have to ask why and how humanity became so barbaric and savage toward itself? It seem a unique and peculiar attribute of humanity that somehow as a species we forgot how to live, and how to live properly in ways that support and affirm life. Yet that seems to be the case - that humanity did lose the capacity to know and understand how well to live.

More to come.
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