Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Reason Lawyers Go Silent When I Speak

If you have ever been in a room when I begin speaking on Gandhian solutions to our world's problems, any lawyer in the room will blast me with a couple of constitutional/ temporal law issues, which comes from ego.  They hope their specialty in training will show them to be superior to me in the minds of observers.  However, over the course of the discussion, they will suddenly go silent.  I've seen this a few times.

Lawyers are trained to operate within the confines of a tiny section of law that we refer to as temporal law, the Law of Moses conception of life, if you will.  Most all of the world looks back to the ideas of Moses and his law to set a precedent on how to resolve problems.  If someone steals from you, pluck his eyes out, stone him or her to death, screw his or her life up forever.  That's the Law of Moses.

As a Gandhian, I am trained to look at what Leo Tolstoy referred to as the Law of Jesus (Matthew 5-7):  "swear not," "lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth," "go not to (temporal) law," "render not evil for evil," "judge not"/ "condemn not."  One can quickly see that you cannot pluck an eye out of a person (Law of Moses) if you are rendering not evil for evil (Law of Jesus).  You cannot both use temporal law (Law of Moses) while you are following the instruction "go not to law" (Law of Jesus).

Even the most intellectually challenged among us knows that you don't get peace from the imposition of temporal law.  Temporal law (Moses' law) gives you conflict.  If you want to save your marriage, you don't go to a (temporal) lawyer ;  rather, you go to law eternal, "judge not"/ "condemn not."  If hurting people is your objective, then you go to a lawyer.  If peace between people is your objective, then no lawyer will be allowed even in the room.

Remember, there is a reason Mahatma Gandhi walked away from the law profession.

Gene Chapman
Tolstoyan-Gandhian Libertarian Candidate for Texas Governor
(Endorsed by Dr. Noam Chomsky, Intellectual of the Age)