Tuesday, May 8, 2012

One Cannot Improve Upon

One of the basic differences in relational law has to do with the very concept of law and relationships with what English identifies as "others." In Nature's Laws, there are no hard and fast division between the sacred and the profane, nor the divine and the human, as operates in the Western understanding of law. A flavor of this can be gleaned from the following famous speech by Chief Joseph of the Nee Me Poo of Nez Perce (b. 1840 - d. 1904). Joseph is appealing to a basic respect for the law residing in all people, including the white man; it has universal expression:

There has been too much talking by men who had no right to talk. Too many misrepresentations have been made, too many misunderstandings have come up between the white men about the Indians. If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live in peace. There need be no trouble.

Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the Chief. They are all brothers. ...

You might as well expect the rivers to run backward as that any man who was born free should be contented penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases. ...
Let me be a free man-free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade, where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to think and talk and act for myself-and I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.
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