The moon is visibly smaller every night; too weak to cast any moon shadows. The stars are growing brighter every night as the moon’s power declines. Reminds me of a once great nation now in decline as other nations surpass it. Maybe that nation will regain its full brightness just as the moon does. If it could do so in 29.53 days as the moon will, I’d be so happy. Many ancient counting devices called tally sticks have 29 notches. All nature works in cycles. Nations also follow cycles of growth, maturity and decline. The Lebombo tally stick with 29 distinct notches was left in a cave in Swaziland 35,000 years ago. The ancient San who made that tally stick were all but destroyed by the invasion of Bantus from Nigeria about 300 AD. But we can’t blame outsiders for the decline of our nation. We have forgotten the natural laws which govern all living systems. Too many follow whatever man-made laws the elite dreams up.
The oldest law code was written about 1600 BC during the reign of King Hammurabi. We know his Hammurabic Code of 282 laws from the letters carved into a black nine foot column so all his people would know the rules of the kingdom. Abraham, father of all Arabs and Jews, was born in Ur. About 300 years after Hammurabi, Abraham’s descendant, Moses, came down with a set of laws somewhat similar to Hammurabi’s but dedicated to one god. The Hittites, Egyptians and Chinese all soon followed with their own written laws.
All these codes of written laws were turned on their head by a movement which claimed that “the letter of the law kills, but the spirit of the law give life.” This new movement claimed that love is the foundation of all natural law. Loving your neighbor as yourself and loving the one God were declared as the foundation of all law.
In the two thousand years since, most have strayed from trying to know the spirit of the law and instead have become practical and down to earth and, consequently, gazillions of laws have been established. Lawyers have multiplied like bunnies and made modern America the most litigious society on earth.
A small remnant of lawyers continues to try to make human law consistent with the laws of nature. To these jurists law should be natural, meaning: consistent with the instincts and emotions common to all, such as the instinct of self-preservation and love of offspring. For this dwindling remnant, written laws are just attempts to put into words the laws found in nature. They will always be lacking, never totally true, and slavishly following them will always lead to problems. Man-made laws are made to be broken. Only by breaking and perfecting them can we bring them closer to natural law.
The trouble is that most folks nowadays don’t have any concept of the “spirit of the law.” As man loses touch with nature, he ceases to know natural law. The cities where most people live are designed to exclude nature. Nature is an enemy to be fought. Those whose world is the city can easily become separated from natural cycles and natural communities.
All natural cycles and communities are built on cooperation and complementarity. You may have difficulty seeing how love is manifest in nature. After all, nature is alleged to be “red in tooth and claw” based on survival of the fittest. Recently, ecologists have come to realize that the selfish, individual selection central to classic Darwinism is misleading. The fittest individuals are not single individuals. They are individuals which are part of communities which help each other. Each species is part of a community of all sorts of species which are complementary to each other and help each other. It is the community which is selected, the individual is just the mechanism by which the community is selected.
So think about cooperation and complementary species if “love” seems too wishy-washy and sentimental.
But, please, when abandoning the notion of individual selection and the capitalism which logically sprang from it, don’t trade it in for another set of rules such as socialism or organic agriculture. All these rules are imperfect and made to be broken. Instead focus on the consistencies in natural cycles and communities. Look at which communities survive and thrive, not which ones meet your external criteria.
Organic agriculture, for example, is appealing in so many ways. If you define qualities of systems which survive and thrive (e.g., are resilient) in line with most ecologists and define organic farming by IFOAM Basic Standards, you’ll probably contend: “for most criteria, organic farming displays encouraging and promising features and mirrors the characteristics of farm resilience.”
Yet organic farming has become dominated by farms which focus on stability using the command-and-control approaches of classic resource management. This class of organic farms has become just a set of industrial farms which follow slightly different rules but the same philosophy as their conventional brethren. They follow the letter of the law and not the historic spirit of organic farming.
Similarly, so many societies have been founded on the principles of socialism and grew weak and declined. You may argue that unfettered capitalism has always resulted in the obliteration of species and pollution of the earth. And you’d be right, but the same is even more true of all socialist societies.
Around 2020 the most radical departure from natural law began sweeping urban areas. Suddenly, previously normal people began declaring that there were more than two genders, that people can be a variety of genders and change their genders.
Children were encouraged to discover their gender for themselves. If a four-year-old decided their real gender was different from their natural gender, the intelligentsia said they must be affirmed. They must be given hormones to stop their natural development and be surgically altered to fit their new gender.
Of course, defying natural law has its consequences—such as not being able to have children. Many adolescents who are “affirmed” when young now regret the surgeries and hormone treatments and suffer from a variety of mental illnesses.
So strong is the new man-made law of affirming those who wish to change genders that books must be banned which detail the suffering of those who switch genders.
Many believe a lot of things which are just not true in our declining country. The good news is that nature will win. Those who fight natural law always lose. Countries which defy natural law will decline and fade away. Unless they are destroyed by countries which understand and follow natural law—such as that the most adept at fighting and strongest are men and armies should be made up of the strongest fighters in the nation.
Natural laws can’t be changed. Yet many ignore natural cycles and time-tested facts and put their faith in the latest man-made philosophy which you know will be proven wrong?
Any if you don’t know that any man-made philosophy or law has flaws and will fail you, then you are stuck in a polarized and polarizing position. You will inevitably come into conflict with other totally convinced people at opposite poles. You will help create the wicked problems which bedevil our world.