“Show me the face and I’ll show you the Rule” is a common repartee in the arms of the Government. The adage “Rule for one is Rule for all” does not always hold true in the corridors of power.
Thinkers and philosophers have, time and again stressed how the emergence of a cohesive social order out of the primordial State of Nature necessitated formulation of and adherence to man-made Rules.
History, at the same time, has witnessed many sagas and blood baths where breaking away from the stranglehold of effete, age-old Rules have paved the way for greater good of greater number.
In the present times, we have painfully observed how Rules have been distorted by the Patricians and even the law-makers themselves to suit their whims and fancies. Rules in the hands of the undeserving have rapidly degenerated into instruments of oppression. Dynamism has, more than once, considered Rules obstructive and restrictive. While the enforcers of law and order would unequivocally quip that subservience to Rules is the pathway to freedom. There will always be those rebellious of Rules , resistant to restraints, naturally disobedient. Yes, Rules denote compulsion and by virtue are prohibitory. Yet, insubordination to Rules is as suicidal to harmony as is license detrimental to liberty.
In 1700 BC when Hammurabbi, the Babylonian king, had first inscribed the code of laws on diorite stelle (clay tablets) and gifted mankind the first written laws complete with punitive action for disobedience, could he ever fathom how timed Rules were or the intrinsic unruliness by which Nature governed the sustenance of Mother Earth, or for that matter, the human civilization? Perhaps not…
Every human endeavor has the in-built mechanism of going haywire. In the spot of green, that I somehow manage to maintain, right outside my flat, despite the space constraint, I have often delightfully noticed a blatant non-subscription to any concrete body of Rules, that I or my mali, in our naivety, try to impose. The click on the top of the post is an example of the blatant defiance with which the saplings choose their lightened path bypassing embargoes and in the process illumining my little garden with their sunny blooms.
I am nobody to channelize or de-channelize or codify or de-codify set of Rules for their substantive growth because life blossoms by its own sheer wish and will. Therein lie its grandeur and undiminishing power to astonish the human spectators. And perhaps it is this inherent lack of compliance to a steady course that exemplifies divinity.