I am sure most people have heard or read of strange laws that cause them to scratch their heads. One which I heard was that when the automobile first appeared in America, one city made a law that someone had to walk in front of the car and carry a flag. I am sure the reason for this law had to do with safety and the novelty of the automobile at the time but today it does not fit how we use and see the automobile.
What is your paradigm for law? What is your picture of how law works in life? It appears to me what most view as law would more closely be related to regulations than law.
What we consciously deal with most of the time are statements written to regulate human behavior. We have laws concerning speed limits, labels on goods, safety statements regarding work and products, education, law enforcement, licensing of professions and trades and many other human activities. These are statements usually created trying to address some problem and an attempt to bring about better, more pleasant and equitable situations. These regulations are needed and many times helpful but the one problem is that humans are fallible and can make mistakes. Sometimes the regulation can end up having unintended consequences. I heard once of an administrator in the federal government moving from Washington, D.C. to a western state to a new position and having to work under the very regulations he/she had created. He/she found out that what sounded and looked so good in Washington, D.C was not such a good idea out in the field.
So what is consciously dealt with most of the time are regulation concerning human behavior which can be helpful but sometime have unintended consequences and can even be harmful because human can make mistakes.
There is another model for looking at law and one of the best examples comes from the world of science. Laws can be seen not as an attempt to regulate but to describe how life and reality work. The law of gravity does not try to regulate objects it just describes the forces which exist between objects. The law of gravity can be cooperated with and along with other laws, actions can be taken to produce skydiving, airplane flight and space travel. But the law of gravity cannot be broken, one cannot stop the forces which exist between objects. The law of gravity cannot be ignored without injury and death if one steps off a high bridge.
So in coming to an understanding of reality, is it all about trying to regulate all that is going around us or it coming to an understanding of how life works, describing the processes which produce wholeness, wellness and contentment and cooperating with them?
“Great peace have they who love your law…”¹ Finding laws which describe how reality is allows for the use of evidence for support. Finding laws which point to harmonious function and relationships would bring great peace. Creating regulations can sometimes work but if we cannot be objective and too much of ourself is invested making corrections can be resisted. The discovery of law could result in less adjustments having to be made to our paradigm. Trying to create and maintain regulations have been exhausting to me. I believe peace can be found in the simpler explanation. There are laws of life, which if cooperated with can bring fulfilment and peace.
1 Psalms 119:164