“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13
Under the light of latest international issues – including environmental, economic and political conflicts – I find necessary to reflect on natural principles governing human race and the possibility to return to noble practices to honor the foundations of our civilization in order to ensure the continuity of humankind in earth.
I understand that when everything seems to be lost and all the humans’ rules broken, there is a natural principle that governs everything in society. When things go wrong between humans and the democracy is failing to provide its promise of equality, opportunities for all, and peace there should be a strongest force directing individuals’ path into a common goal. When lack of instruction is not allowing us to weight community norms technicalities and abide to those cohabitation parameters; and, when those individuals governing us lost their north and their actions are against our social interest there are common sense values with infallible authority to stand on their own against any type of human ruling.
The biggest revolutionary in human history – Jesus of Nazareth – provided a simple yet pragmatic way to address community issues when he directed to “love your brother just as if were you” and, this ruling towards balance and equality was commandingly explained in the Bible first letter to the Corinthians stating that nothing will be more powerful than love. This is a principle we can use for the resolution of any type of community concern and exemplary individuals throughout history such as Ghandy and Martin Luther King have used it as the foundations for their social objectives.
Granting its merit to all the previous I must admit, this article has been inspired by the use of the LOVE RULE given by the United States Attorney Clarence Darrow on his closing remarks to the court in April 1926 for the defense of Henry Sweet. And, this inspiration laid on the fact that as an attorney who love the Empire of the Law I felt deeply compelled by a passionate defense in the moment when all the common sense in society seemed to be lost. Clarence Darrow – the agnostic – gives an unprecedented example on how the power of some natural principles are beyond religious preferences, races, political tendencies and so on when he brought the Bible’s precedent to the court and categorically said: “I believe in the law of love, and I believe you can do nothing with hatred” (Quercus, 2007, P. 73). I believe this is a powerful speech, which everyone should listen to, and act accordingly.
As a global citizen, an attorney, and a woman I also believe in the Law of Love. I invite everyone to consider this law when administering households and professions, when performing at work, when participating in community initiatives, when electing government officials; nevertheless, it will be critical to embrace the Law of Love when standing against injustice if the desire is to promote real change. Love is the only possible path towards civilization.
Quercus Publishers. (2007). Speeches that changed the world: the stories and transcripts of the moments that made history. London: Quercus Publishing, Plc.