a reply to: zackli
The very existence of legal language, as a separate entity to the language spoken by the people who live in the nation to which it applies, is
evidence that law is not there to support justice. Just law is unambiguous, must be applied equally to all circumstances over which it has dominion,
and must be tested by running past cases through it, to ensure that it always has a result which is considered just by those who administer it, AND
those whose lives shall be governed by it. It must also be written in such a way as to allow a person who has no legal background, to easily, and
without years of research, discern the legal position in which they stand on any given matter, without reference to a professional.
The existence of legal language as a thing apart from normal modes of communication between people, is purely for the benefit of those who administer
the law, to justify their obscene wealth and position in life. The law as it is, certainly in my country, is not there to promote the application of
justice to matters, but to promote the ends of those who wish to profit from the murky and treacherous nature of law itself.
Law is the dullard cousin of justice, and holds far too high a place in modern society. I always imagine law and justice as two people with similar
professed aims in life. Justice is the sort of fellow who takes no crap, puts a fist across the jaw of those who oppress people by any means, ensures
the weak are protected against the strong, that the hungry are fed, that the meek have a voice. It seeks no fee for its time, but the opportunity to
see itself applied to the task at hand. It acts swiftly, and without hesitation. It is pure, it cannot be bought or sold, and would break off the hand
that feeds it, if it thought for a moment that the hand in question was attached to a son of a bitch.
Law however, law writes stern letters, acts only when triplicate copies of a permission slip have been proffered to him, bows beneath the weight of
expectations placed upon it, allows the weak to be assaulted as long as its arbitrary rules are followed, cares nothing for the voice of those who
cannot speak for themselves, would not feed a homeless person anymore than it would feed a pigeon, and for the same reason. It seeks obscene fees for
its time, and cares not for the fairness of the outcomes of its efforts. It acts glacially, and cares not, because it is paid for its time. It is
corrupt, it is there to be bought and sold to the highest bidder, and would not bite the hand that fed it, even if it was the hand of Satan himself.
Justice is the sort of dude you want to have your back, because you can trust it to do the right thing in all things. Law is the dude you need to
keep where you can see it, because you cannot trust it to do the right thing, or to do it quickly enough to make any difference.
3-7-2014 by TrueBrit because: Grammar correction.