A Case Against Man – made Laws.
Why I have stopped to earnestly follow the everyday developments in this country and else where: This government, and its arms, such as the judiciary, law enforcement agencies, institutionalized religion, and institution of education etc., no longer appeal to me. I am convinced that government and its various organs are necessary, for anarchy as far as I am concerned is but an illusion. Anarchy, an extreme left ideology, has as its adherents some of the most intellectually constituted individuals. Where as those who see the government as indispensable in the lives of the people are generally, reactionaries, capitalists, intellectually dwarfed people, religiously blinded people, etc.
Since people’s innate faculties and disposition are divergent as well as their aims and aspirations, there is no way a people of a country can arrive at common goals, and make those common goals the essence, object and focus of their existence. There are people who see other’s virtue as vice and vise verse. There are hypocrites as well as perverse individuals. There are those whose nature agree with chaotic situations, where as that may not be the case for others. I could go on and on.
After a long study of myself, which was made possible by my disposition to solitude; I have come to the knowledge that studying the so called “current affairs” (national and international affairs) would not be to my own advantage. These daily developments arise from the nature with which the people carry on with their temporal aims and aspirations. “And owing to this transience”, as Fredrick Nietzsche put it, “they would not (such development) out-live the purposes that gave rise to them.” These events end up in books which in most cases become collections for antique collectors; and for pedantry.
Since, greed, rivalry, ambition, lust, avarice, conforming to convention and religion are the main factors and propensities that lead to the eventual being of these daily developments, I have chosen to grapple with such factors (greed, ambition, etc). For one thing they have remained permanent in man for all eternity. I need to free myself from them not by trying to divest them from other individuals, but by trying my best to rid myself of them; And as each of those factors and propensities is conquered, to go for those still pending. Then and only then would I present the approach I used, together with what I encountered to my fellow men. This should certainly not be by persuasion, coercion or encroachment. For these are unacceptable to me.
The best way to fight an unfavourable weather, such as the hammattan, excessive heat, winter, etc. would not be by trying to avoid or stop the weather, but to provide protection for one’s body so that they cannot have much effect. (That word “much” is very important because no matter the enormousness of our efforts, we will always feel the pinch of any unpleasantries around us). Then we can according to our means provide bodily protection for others. The only way to protect someone against the ills of life is to educate him.
Since everywhere in the world the majority of the people want one ruling body or the other to monitor and regulate their affairs, I am convinced it would be most appropriate to provide one for them. “But for God’s sake”, those who feel they are better off without the government, should not be bothered by the agents of the government; namely: the police, army, judiciary, and traditionalists. If one does not benefit from the so called government, why should he adhere to their laws? At present I cannot state it more than Henry David Thoreau did in his famous essay on non government interference on individual liberty (On the Duty for Civil Disobedience).
The laws of man are subordinate to the laws of nature because:
- Man is a part of nature.
- Man’s laws are promulgated mainly to meet the artificial and expedient demands his divorce from nature have made to come down and bear on him.
Only he, who keeps the laws of nature, is the true keeper of the law. And to be a true keeper of the law one must disassociate one’s self from all laws that are against the laws of nature. And how are the laws of nature above artificial (man-made) laws? – Man-made laws at best only serve to frighten, intimidate, etc, they seldom achieve the end for which they were enacted. And what are the laws of nature; The laws of God? Well, an example: a decrease in demand causes a reduction in the price of an item. No man can contravene this law. A decree or the like, that is aimed at forcing down the price of an item in high demand seldom achieves its purpose. It rather drives that commodity underground into the black market.So, who is the true observer of the law? One who forces down the price of a commodity by ceasing to purchase it when he considers it too expensive? Or he who “lawfully” makes a request to the government to pass a law that would force down the price?
The more one strives to be self controlled, self disciplined, live on life’s basic necessities and essentials, understands the law of cause and effect (karma); the more his ability to obey the true laws of nature and the less he seeks external help for the conduct of his life. While he who denies or ignores the above listed natural laws, encounters situations and circumstances that otherwise could not have been beyond his control. Instead of admitting his cowardice, such a person turns to the government and institutionalized religion for salvation.