Musical Vocabularies and Purposes Many years ago, I had a college friend who was an evangelizing devotee of the abstract painter Marc Rothko. I remember her gushing over a catalog of Rothko's work, while I was thinking that I must be aesthetically challenged; I just didn't "get" it. After all, most of the paintings were nothing but large rectangles of color, with slight irregularities and a con...
As strictly a means of punishing offenders and threatening reprisals to apply deterrence to an action, the rule-of-law functions adequately. (But it still prone to many errors and wealthy people can manipulate the process). However, if you suppose that law really protects you and your family from violence and harm, I suggest you ‘think again’. In fact, the law itself is a reason why many crimes are perpetrated and the law against an action is subliminally interpreted as a target painted on your back compelling a malcontent to commit that crime against you.
Do you really understand how the human subconscious works? It’s obvious to me that even supposedly well-educated psychologists don’t have a clue what they are dealing with in the human subconscious mind. For one thing, we are all different in our conscious minds, so why wouldn’t our subconscious also have uniqueness? We all also know that our subconscious minds often have very different ideas of what they want, than our conscious minds do.
So how does the subconscious mind view the rule-of-law? Well, where I live, a new law against distracted driving is about to come into effect. The radio commercials have a booming voice saying ‘Distracted driving is AGAINST the LAW!’ A conscious mind hears that statement and it probably interprets it as meaning – ‘I had better not text whilst driving or I’ll get hit with a stiff fine’. The sciences of psychology and hypnotism agree that the subconscious mind thinks literally: so the message it might get is – ‘By driving while distracted I can make a loud anti-political statement because I’m breaking a government edict’. There is a big difference there. The conscious mind might refrain from the action but the subconscious mind is encouraged to do the forbidden deed.
I’ll support that last paragraph with a couple snippets of factual information. Firstly, younger people are more closely in synch with their subconscious minds. And of all reasons given for the question of ‘why did you try illegal drugs for the first time?, the answer most given is ‘because it was against the law’. In other words, a law against using an illegal Nobel Prize Chemistry substance was the primary motivation for misuse of the drug.
Driving while distracted does cause many accidents and we as a society do need to have a method of curbing the action. The law against it will have some deterrence value that will make some people think twice before driving while distracted. But in other cases a person’s subconscious mind will encourage them to drive while they are preoccupied with something else because it is against the law. So will there be an actual net beneficial effect from the existence of the distracted driving law? (Other than the government being absolutely thrilled by the sudden influx of the new money in fine revenue.)
I’ll finish this article by saying that while I used a distracted driving law as an example, it is certainly not the only application where a law itself is partially or completely causing the commission of the crime. Real people are being raped, robbed, assaulted and murdered and the mere fact that these actions are deemed by the subconscious mind as being an anti-authority statement is providing a powerful extra motivation in favor of the crime’s commission.
That is a crime-against-humanity that the rule-of-law itself is guilty of. We as people really need to rethink how we want to perform public justice and societal protection.