Working in the public transportation industry for the past few weeks, It has been very evident to me the bureaucratic boundaries required to improve safety and efficiency. It is innately an externally-controlled system. Pulling back from public transportation through, The very nature of law has historically always been for the purpose of protection, and service for those abiding by it. At times, law can seem very trivial, restrictive, and even frustrating. The reality though is encroaching laws are the result of relational boundaries that have been breached. As soon as murders started happening, laws had to be set up to assess them. As soon as telephones came into existence, with ever-increasing traffic, there was need to control traffic for the efficiency of the whole system. As soon as airplanes began taking to the skies, there was need for Air Traffic control towers to instruct them.
Our culture is governed by laws that are for our good. It is a proportional system that is based on a preventative diagnosis. Laws need not be created to deal with problems that don’t exist. We were designed first with an order of internal government to govern ourselves according to truth, and to appropriately interact with other people and things around us. As individuals lose sight of that internal standard of judgment (morally objective truth from God), they begin to look to their own well-being (or the well-being of their tribal “in-group”). As people focus more on abiding by the laws that benefit them directly, others feel the effect of laws that are indirectly discarded by a supposed irrelevance. There is a great example here in the digital music industry. Back in the 90’s, there was an explosion of music available on the internet with peer-to-peer sharing software like Kazaa, Napster, Morpheus, and Limewire. People would put their music up for download and others would download it, with more seeds meant greater download speeds. It was an awesome trend for music lovers, but what about the music creators?
Music fans now could go and get their favorite music for free rather than pay for the physical cds they wanted (and save a trip to music store simultaneously). This led to laws restricting music sharing on the internet, not because the law always needed to be there, but because the economic freedom had been abused. This kind of trend is specific to individual business’s, landlord-tenant agreements, or software licensing agreements. Usually, legal agreements are prepared in order to prevent loss and protect those products or services. These agreements, or boundaries are the direct result of people failing maintain internal character-relevant boundaries. Individuals begin to look to the external legal atmosphere (which is originated in the poor-interactions of individuals and objects in society).
It is was a sad day when our world saw the United States Government slowly began to become the world’s largest corporation, with it’s military maintaining bases as many bases on foreign soil as on domestic. To maintain our way of life (which is sadly depreciating), we had to set specific boundaries, because the commonly understood ones had disappeared.
Just as in the Bible, laws were established to establish what was already boundaries to keep us safe, keep us healthy, and keep us morally conscience. Laws were never meant to be explicitly defined. It took people going against their design to necessitate articulation of what the boundaries were. In an externally-governed world, relationship is merely defined on paper contractually. But in an internally-governed world, relationships are intuitive, there is greater flexibility that is properly balanced against truth. In this way, relationships between people and things are allowed to go much deeper into covenantal status, and trust is more often established. People reach out much more when moral laws are more commonly known and followed. From my standpoint, this was God’s intent when He created this universe – flexible, intuitively-growing structures that are focused ultimately on love of Creator, and subsequently His creation. What has happened though, cannot be blamed on the Creator God. Our present pain, tragedy, and turmoil are the result of our own decisions – and it has been our Creator God who has promised to walk with any who will let Him. Our nature is dynamically relational rather than statically logistical. We were meant for grand adventures, and instead we have settled for survival.
There is still opportunity to connect with people in this day in age, but the right procedure is not one that adheres to external laws, although they are hopefully not working against authentic, deep and rejuvenating relationship. It is easily to shell-up and hold people at a distance, depending our federal or local restrictions or entitlements, but it is harder to open up and build an enduring relationship with someone that transcends are present cultural predicament. My hope is people have lost the desire to still build those kinds of intimate relationships with their fellow man. Those are the best memories I have had in my life – I would bet they have been yours too…