Law-abiding

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Definitions: (1) foreknowledge of and in harmony with obeying the law; respectful of the law; dutiful(2) the ability to know fact from fiction and right from wrong

Quotes:

Only outer peace can be had through law. The way to inner peace is through love.

Peace Pilgrim [born Mildred Lisette Norman] (1908-1981) Steps Toward Inner Peace

Mere obedience to the law does not measure the greatness of a nation. . . . The true test is the extent to which the individuals composing the nation can be trusted to obey selfimposed law.

— Lord John Fletcher Moulton (1844-1921) English Barrister and Judge

Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and unto God the things which are God’s. — Jesus Christ (7 bc-30 ad) The Bible, Mark 12:17

Comment: Laws, rules, and regulations have been made to state the obvious, like the protection of the innocent, and also because some will take unfair advantage when the opportunity is available. When that happens, society makes a law.

On the other hand, straying from the (unfair) law may be necessity, thus civil disobedience.

Questions: What should be allowed? How much freedom should be given? The level the individual can cope with or the level the society can deal with? How can we be sure something like nuclear material or the idea of freedom can be handled safely and responsibly? – only time, trust, and common sense are safeguards.

Note: We can learn from history and hope for positive possibilities.

Symbol: the Archpriestess (tarot)