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Can any Law ever be AbsoluteSummary: Applicability of any law is limited by nature and context of things andevents. Therefore no law can ever be absolute.Legal systems have their origin in dissatisfaction resulting from individualistic andsubjective interpretation of facts and circumstances. Individualistic and subjectiveinterpretation of facts and circumstances often led to irreconcilable and evenmutually contradictory differences between different interpretations of same setof facts and circumstances by different individuals at the same time. Eveninterpretations by the same individual of similar set of facts and circumstances atdifferent times were found inconsistent, irreconcilable and mutuallycontradictory. This can often be observed even in the contemporary society whenthings and events are judged without applying standardized yardsticks. Morallyunscrupulous people often vary their yardstick from one set of circumstances toanother. They can often be seen protecting things, events and people they areinterested in and abusing the rest. They resent any call for use of appropriatestandardized criterion. For them only criterion are their interest, comfort,convenience and their authority.So naturally a need to evolve standardized criterion for evaluation of facts andcircumstances and determining subsequent course of action was strongly felt.This eventually gave rise to law based system of governance in which laws wereelevated to the level of gospel truth. Courts and legislatures were entrusted withthe task of determining applicable laws. All this was done and has been practicedwithout any understanding of what is law. An approval by court of law orlegislature was sufficient to elevate any condition to the status of its being a law.There was no need to explain rationale behind any particular law on the basis ofnatural course of events. For example during the last century relationshipbetween a doctor and patient was reduced to a contractual relationship betweena service provider and service recipient with a patient having all the rights andauthority of a consumer. So by the stroke of a judicial pen the age old relationshipof trust was reduced to a commercial relationship. No consideration was paid tointrinsic nature of relationship, dependence of patients on the skills and
knowledge of their doctors for their welfare and ability of patients toappropriately use the legally conferred authority. Numerous instances of legallyperpetuated social imbalances are on record. Even judicial interpretation of sameset of laws is known to vary from time to time.In formulation of laws governing any society, natural course of events has oftenbeen ignored. Terms, conditions, procedures etc. which should not have beendefined as law have been defined as law. This has introduced legally perpetuatedchaotic elements incidental to human living. Not only chaos, in many situations“might is the right” is the only law that prevails.Even in nature a law is a mandatory condition that has to be satisfied to meetspecified goals and objectives. For example to call a piece of matter as livingmatter it has to satisfy all mandatory conditions that are incidental to life.Therefore, howsoever diverse organisms may be and whatever may be theirconditions of existence, an organism can exist as living being only if it is able tomeet all the mandatory conditions necessary for being alive.However, nature is hierarchically organized and applicable rules vary from onehierarchical level to another. Moreover different contexts or set of circumstancesmay also make it obligatory to meet specified goals and objectives in differentways. Therefore formulation and applicability of any law is limited by nature andcontext of things and events. Hence no law can ever be absolute.Author: Dr Mahesh C. Jain is a practicing medical doctor and has written thebook “Encounter of Science with Philosophy – A synthetic view”. The book beginswith first chapter devoted to scientifically valid concept of God and then explainscosmic phenomena right from origin of nature and universe up to origin of lifeand evolution of man. The book includes several chapters devoted to auxiliaryconcepts and social sciences as corollaries to the concept of God. This is the onlybook which deals with origin of nature and universe from null or Zero or nothing.Chapter – 34 of the book defines law, describes chief characteristics of law andidentifies some general laws of nature.http://www.sciencengod.com