PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL LAW
In contrast to made-made law (common law), Natural Law is a body of principles that guide human behavior in accord with the interdependent, regenerative qualities of the collective physical world. Man-made rules are not law but rather ethics, traditions, rules, codes, regulations, etc. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, law and order became coupled in 1796.
Humans do not actually make law but observe it. Still, man-made community practices or rules of behavior have in the past been called customary law, tribal law, or constitutional law. Guidelines or traditions can be established in alignment with Natural Law, but are not law. Rather, they may function alongside the laws of nature for purposes specific to a particular community, tribe or group who agree to align with them.
Natural Law makes sense when we consider these underlying principles:
- All of creation comes from one original spark. In that sense, we are all one. That being so, harm to one is harm to all.
- All polarities such as right and wrong, dark and light, ultimately move toward reconciliation. So, justice becomes a dance rather than a struggle.
- We are “in love” when our thoughts, words, and actions are congruent with who we are.
- There is truly only one law: love one another.
Maxims of Love*
- All living systems are free.
- All living systems are protected.
- All living systems unable or unwilling to live and act in accordance with the maxims of love correct their behavior or accept the consequences.
- Where the maxims of love are violated forgiveness is offered upon correction.
*Natural law does not consider government or politics. In other words, the laws of nature are not subject to rulers or directed by opinions. They are, instead, based on inherent features of the universe.