Today I was reflecting on the fears that tend to arise every time I hear of a law or regulation that appears to victimize the powerless, whether people (me included) or nature. I'm guessing that this is something that everyone experiences. The only
differences being in each of our specific beliefs about which laws do what types of harm.
I have no comprehension of all the incredibly complex ways in which any law gets applied and enforced, but I am keenly aware that any law can always
be used by the insecure and powerful for their own gain (keeping in mind that any human being can be insecure, and any human being can be more powerful than others in various circumstances).
When it comes to laws, including our current
(often politically and fearfully driven) discourse about what laws we should have or shouldn't have, perhaps there's another possible direction to look in first.
What if I believed that humanity was essentially evil, as in survival of
What if I believed that I was essentially alone and vulnerable in this world... a singular, insecure being, separate from everyone else and everything else?
Then I would find things to fear, and I would
want the organization of society (and laws) to be set up in such a way to mitigate or control whatever are the biggest concerns being created in my personal mind... a list of concerns, that I may NOT notice, keeps getting added to, no matter how many of my
previous concerns get "solved".
The fact that I believe there is something "out there" to fear, means that I will ALWAYS find it.
What if I believed that humanity was essentially good?
What if I believed that I was intrinsically connected to everyone and everything, in ways that I cannot even begin to comprehend?
Then I would find things to love, and I would trust and BE in life with a much bigger (and
less personally protective) understanding. I would approach concerns with a bit more grace and wisdom, expecting good first, while also knowing that I can intuitively navigate whatever shows up... whether I'm presented with the manifestation of someone else's
fear or someone else's love.
The fact that I truly believe there is something "out there" to love, means that I will ALWAYS find it, even in circumstances that would otherwise appear to be bereft of it.
in society is not the laws we have or don't have. It's simply the belief in fear.
In regard to fear, I don't think that most people follow laws most of the time because of their fear of the potential consequences. They follow them simply
because they make sense or they (as human beings) are essentially good and cooperative and usually do not wish to do harm to others.
But, as long as any human being believes their feelings of insecurity (fear), they will, in those moments,
do what occurs to them to protect themselves, including ignoring or circumventing laws that get in their way, or if powerful enough, writing laws that let them get their way. Some have made a habit of it.
Now, in regard to finding love,
I don't exist in a world of form filled with rainbows and unicorns. And so I don't tend to walk down dark alleys, or leave my doors unlocked. I also haven't stopped the desire to champion (fight) against unjust laws and societal norms that appear to overwhelmingly
victimize the powerless.
However, I am aware that it's only "hurt people that hurt people", it's only moments of believed insecurity that foster insecure behaviour, it's only fear that is at the root of all the actions that laws are designed
to mitigate or protect.
I also have a strong sense that it can be incredibly transformative (for myself and others) when I consider love first, instead of fear.
I can't make anyone look in this direction, any more
than I can make someone obey a law. But I can look in the direction of love myself, and somehow continue to do so, even though I naturally keep falling back into my own brand of insecure thought daily (what I lovingly refer to as my own personal craziness).
And in a way, that's everything. I somehow keep learning to look toward love first, while navigating all the rest in whatever way it occurs to me to do so. No law required.