Laws, Commandments and Theories
edited: Wednesday, February 20, 2008
By Regis Auffray
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2008
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An article by Sha'Tara...
Laws, Commandments and Theories
[thoughts from a ~ burning woman ~ Sha'Tara]
"Knowing stuff isn't the problem. Understanding it is." (Replicant Night - K. W. Jeter)
Each day I become more aware of how much people pretend to understand things when all along they've just basically crammed themselves with data, much of it not correlated, none verified. Now with the false sense of instant knowledge provided by the Internet it's getting so you don't have to do any research; you don't have to listen or ponder, you don't have to test it in experience. Just click and point, copy and paste - and print if you want - and: voilà! anyone can appear as an expert in particle physics or what Ken and Barbie's new house looks like.
There is one thing the Internet can never give, and that's understanding. Just like information without experience does not become knowledge. Hence why much of public and university education is a ghastly waste of potentially the most creative time of people's lives. But of course that's the point, isn't it. These days, basking in the relative comfort of my awareness I shudder at how close I came to actually making it into university to be neatly packaged into a professional, a robot of the system.
Let's look at laws. How do we know that a law is legitimate? Well, our beloved lawmakers say so. Our beloved teachers and the school curriculum says so. Our beloved lawyers say so. Our beloved televangelists say so. The Bible says so. The ads on TV say so. Need I go on? None of that proves anything about the legitimacy of any so-called law. Quite the opposite, in fact.
For a law to be legitimate, it has to prove itself in experience. It must be verifiable against irrefutable data or fact. It must hold up under such scrutiny every single time it is invoked. Until verified thus, all laws remain theories. A lawyer, judge or jury may temper a law by compassion but no law by itself can ever be a 'maybe yes and maybe no' concept.
What about commandments: are they laws? It would be tempting to say, well, it depends upon who gives the commandments, but that is no answer. Commandments are nothing but arbitrary rules that apply only to those who, from personal choice, want to live by them; who profess to be followers of the "commander" or maker of the commandments. In military parlance these followers become a command. By the same token these commandments have nothing to do with those who choose not to be a part of that command.
If people took the trouble to analyze these rather important distinctions much of the social problems of this planet could be resolved quite peacefully I think.
I think it fitting to close with the inimitable words of the great Harry Crumb:
"Believe what you will, but don't believe it here."
(from "Who's Harry Crumb?" - movie with John Candy)
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|Reviewed by Elizabeth Price
|lol. Laws? What about regulations? That's how you control us peons without our say or vote on the matter. Cant pass a law? Just make it a regulation and a condition of funding or just make it by the powers that be. Excellent. Liz|
|Reviewed by Sandra Corona
|I was told that, being deaf, I couldn't attend school with normal kids; I went anyway (and graduated with honors and 2 full scholarships)
I was told I'd never find employment: worked a full time, part time job AND owned my own company!
My mother told me I couldn't write or draw; I am doing BOTH anyway.
My teachers told me I couldn't teach 'normal' kids; I taught anyway.
Doctors told me never to have children; I had children (2) anyway
Mom said I'd never amount to anything; listed in Whose Who Among American Women 2006
I am a registered Independent--vote for the person rather than the party.
I believe that there is GOOD in all men, all religions, all races--we simply have to find a common ground.
To parent, to teach, to live, is to guide by example that others can decide, provide, for themselves.
People are seldom easily 'pegged' ... give us, yourself, some credit!
Not everyone is a puppet on a string but not every individual SHOUTS!
|Reviewed by Pierre Ortega
|To teach people how to use their thought processes to more fully understand the truth, I believe, is what you seek to do here, and it's a very noble cause. Great writing, Thank you for this.
|Reviewed by D Johnson
|Reg, you have substansiated what our education system from Kindergarden through college have preached, and that is, we teach people what to think, not how to think.
Very good write,
|Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
|Sometimes truth is masked by varibles, inability to see beyond and just plain ignorance. Each person interrupts in their own unique way. Sometimes it takes someone special to really stand out!.....M|
|Reviewed by John Leko
|...still in hopes that some profess true wisdom...and saddened by the click and point theory...
this gives a reason for thought Regis...
|Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks
|Ahhhh! Sha'Tara shines thru brightly in this article, Reg. So many valid points to always question what is read, heard...and written. I remember a statement said (somewhere...TV?), "There is one opinion, and another opinion, and somewhere in between is the truth." Best we read between the lines, and question the results :o) You should write more like this article...it opens the readers minds!!! Good One!
|Reviewed by Tom Hyland
|REG - WELL DONE! HAMMERING IN THE PROVERBIAL NAIL!
and ... we have an excellent example of KNOW-NOTHINGNESS - in the empty facade of a -
COMMANDer - in - CHIEF !!! He has about as much understanding as CAMEL DUNG!
Peace ... Tom.
|Reviewed by Bonnie May
|Seeking the truth is getting harder, sure you can read things in papers and the internet but taking it for what it is, someone else's opinions. To get to the truth, you must dig harder and in the end, believe what's in your own heart. Great thought provoking piece. Love, Bonnie|
|Reviewed by Jon Willey
|I belive that you are essentially refering to the need to gather empirical data. To ascertain if the theory, law, has in fact a basis of truth and applicability. I concur and also believe there must be some pragmatism. For as you say, " if people took the trouble to analyse". And therein lies the pragmatic portion. Far too many people today, are impressed with themselves. Jon Michael Willey|
|Reviewed by Susan Phillips
|I agree with you on most points, although, being in the process of applying to universities as a mature student, I have to qualify my agreement there to saying that some students do this; but there are still the genuine seekers of wisdom. I have met them. They exist.
The problem is that it is probably the ones you refer to who will be our future lawmakers and bringers of wisdom - but only if we allow it.
|Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
|You've brought up a good point. And so many of us just seem to follow the crowd, don't we?|
|Reviewed by Tom Kitt
|few make others responsible for what they say. This is a sad reflection. Good article. Regards, Tom|
|Reviewed by Georg Mateos
|Hey Regis! once a group of "experts" were admiring and commenting a Picasso's painting, all ga-ga describing the composition and the meanings of the painter. (it was discovered afterward that the painting in question was hang upsidedown)
Salvador Dali said once that what he painted not necessarly he needed to understand.
Understanding is the matter, the rest is relative.
Good points brother!!!!!!!!
|Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
|well written and thought inspiring--we do send to be like sheep--too afraid to think for ourselves|
|Reviewed by Malcolm Watts (Reader)
|Good points Regis. Abbie Hoffman said taking a test at university was like sitting on the toilet. The school system - start to finish, is too focused on data rather than the process of thinking and doing something original with it. Also, we do need to question laws as to their necessity - the ban on Cannabis for one. Malcolm Watts|