Natural versus artificial law — Position Statement
Natural versus artificial law is a controversial issue that should not exist today. My book, ‘Law from Within,’ presents the idea of natural law as Creator’s invitation to live. Were you taught this what law means? Not likely I suggest. We’re all taught that law commands certain things be done, and certain other things not be done. Common mindset, therefore, is that law is commandment. This notion has existed for centuries. It argues that actions should depend on what is moral and right, and should apply to all people. Accordingly, actions are lawful when they are right, moral and proper. So, on the one hand we have commandments, and on the other, we have an invitation. Thus a dilemma presents. Which way should we unique beings go? Natural versus artificial law?
Nature is the natural thing to do, which if thought of as law, means ‘natural law.’ This idea traces from centuries BCE, and is upheld by most libertarians.
Its shortest explanation is the ‘golden rule.’ “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
The non-aggression principle (NAP), also non-aggression axiom, asserts that ‘aggression’ is inherently illegitimate.
Most folk can see the sense in these ideas, but few people see how these principles might adapt to their lives in specific ways, or how they could install in society. Why? Because nothing in those tenets describes who will determine what is right, proper or moral. Its plainly evident that controversy will exist, therefore laws are necessary to resolve matters.
One or the other – both are impossible
Natural Law is little known, because today’s political establishment does not want it known. It would smash their (money-spinning) legal empire.
Common law is little known because it relies on old traditions.
Positive law rules today, whereby man-made laws countermand natural law. ‘Positive law,’ includes all statute law including common law. Positive law is the idea that Man needs ‘rule’ for his benefit and protection. ‘Rule’ is allegedly the right and moral thing to create a peaceful society.
- Anarchy—absence or non-recognition of authority or other controlling systems.
No better model exists
Natural versus artificial law – which way?
Natural law really does matter
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