I know I’m an outlier in many ways, but it’s not about me, it’s about all of us. I want everyone to win.
Life often is a competition, but my preference is that it not be. I am not alone. At least three groups, the Knights Templar (resulting in the Magna Carta):
and the founding fathers (resulting in the U.S. Constitution), as well as many current leaders (nevermind Moses and his rule set), have thought all this through very carefully, and have decided that Due Process and the Rule of Law are about the best path we collectively can take to ensure that everyone wins, given the basic character of human nature.
There are many many much more scholarly papers on these concepts than mine, for example:
but the bottom line is that following Due Process and the Rule of Law best upholds the principle of “Fundamental Fairness” and ensures maximum benefit to all concerned: Everybody wins.
My sense, and that of many others, is that as a society we have lost view of that perspective. There are just too many examples on both sides of the “aisle” in which people go around doing whatever they want to do “because they can” and nobody does anything about it. It is rampant, from jaywalking and illegal U-turns, to noise violations, to unresponsive City agencies, to shoddy roadwork, to featherbedding, all the way up to national debt —every man, woman and child in the US is $60,000 in debt:
—and onwards to White House misbehavior, Supreme Court activism, and beyond.
It is a mess.
This has happened many times before in the course of history. For example:
and it happens whenever there is a void of ethical courageous leadership at the top. It pains me and frightens me that this is happening. I’ll be dead in a few years, but the children and grandchildren and beyond will have to deal with it. So I must do what I can to restore us to an orderly and equitable society.
The only way we can so do is if we speak out and take proper action: “All it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to remain silent.”
I shall not remain silent.