Does The Law Compromise The Basis Of Society? By Tim Ball

Published July 1, 2015

A few years ago the Toronto Globe and Mail ran a contest for the best humorous description of a Canadian. Only one sticks in my mind because it caused me to write to the editors. It said a Canadian is a person who would stop at a stop sign at three in the morning even if nobody were around.

It is mildly amusing, but the implications speak to the fabric of what makes Canada a great nation. This is the knowledge that Canadians can sleep safely knowing that other Canadians are obeying the law, even when nobody is looking. It is part of a larger shift in western society to the notion among young people that they only broke the law if they got caught.

The common denominator of those items is trust. A society is built on trust; once that is gone the society disintegrates. George Macdonald said, “To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.” Lack of trust is one reason people hold poor opinions of politicians. People who are close to politicians know. It is why Henry Kissinger said, “90% of the politicians give the other 10% a bad reputation.” Trust in society is a much wider concept, as the Globe and Mail story infers. It is also a much more profound concept and once weakened deteriorates rapidly because you trust, or you don’t trust. It is an absolute. At best, we treat people with increasing caution once trust is betrayed, no matter how slight.

A former student who became a lawyer told me he took a course in contract law from one of the best contract lawyers in Canada. The opening comment in the first class was, if you sign a contract there is no problem, if you don’t sign a contract there is no problem. We will now have a course in contract law.

Most people view the role of law in society differently than those involved in the law. Most see the law, lawyers and enforcers of the law as intimidating. I heard of a lawyer in England who had a standard letter that he used to exploit this fear. It said in effect; this issue has come to our attention, and if you do not deal with it immediately, we will do things that will astonish you.

Despite the disdain for contracts expressed by the law professor, lawyers urge everyone to have contracts. What this says is that you do not and cannot trust anyone. When that becomes the mindset, the society is in trouble. Also, the young people, who believe they only broke the law if they got caught, know they can hire a lawyer to prove they didn’t break the law.

3 Responses to “Does The Law Compromise The Basis Of Society? By Tim Ball”

  1. Len Swartz July 11, 2015

    Mark Passio’s seminar on Natural Law. The truth could not be more clear!! If anyone who watches this still does not understand, they never will!!

  2. Gary July 1, 2015

    Confusion reigns in regards to the “Law” on the land mass defined in statutory law as Canada, statutory law regards all things as dead entities such as corporations, under Common Law you would live on the land mass seeing as you were not dead, you are a [wo]man, breathing, existing and living on the land. We live on a Common Law land mass, the province of Quebec is an exception, it has a Code based system based on French Napoleonic military law.

    It is an intentional act by the Law Society to ignore Common Law, and to have us believe that their code based system is the only valid Law we have at our disposal, nothing is farther from the truth. When you understand that every lawyer in Canada bears allegiance to the Queen, along with every citizen, army officer, police officer and public official, it is obvious that the system is rigged for the owner of this land if a [wo]man abides by the Code that defines it as such. In order to be truly free a Common law [wo]man has to educate themselves of the various capacities they have, and can chose to use at anytime.

    Under Common law there is only one Law that applies to every action, “Do no harm”. There is no need for a mountain of codes and rules that a member of the Queen’s organization can point to and tell [wo]man how they should conduct themselves. The only requirement is for a Court system that truly recognizes Common Law, and as required a group of ones peers to pass judgment on whether harm was done by the tenets common to the people on that land mass.

  3. Grace Joubarne July 1, 2015

    There is one thing clear about lawyers…they seem to have been taught nothing about constitutional rights, superior laws and personal freedoms, or about the expectation that it is their job to ensure clients are protected from intrusions into their lives. Most are taught to just presume that municipal rules and regulations are superior and what the municipality says, goes.

    But they are certainly well trained to write democracy-busting laws, by-laws, rules and regulations for the government. They are well equipped to violate personal freedoms at every possible opportunity. Most want cushy jobs in the government where the vast majority of the violations occur. But for the direct activities of these lawyers (who are in the majority in Canada), we would have next to no distress over loss of medical autonomy, private property rights and even basic human rights, such as what we eat and drink.


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