just us …

more MLK jr. from me cuz … he was just so wise … and he was so rooted in LOVE … i’m just trying to combat all the hatred mushrooming out of this year’s prez election … sigh.  some of you may know that i am not a fan of rules … that i like to be guided by common sense rather than convention … MLK was like that too …  and his beliefs about laws and rules mirror my own … and it was the justification for all of the non-violent direct action (civil disobedience) work that he did … this is what i teach my daughter … cuz not every law is worthy of being followed and not every rule was created equal …

here’s what he wrote in his book, “why we can’t wait”:

“One may well ask: ‘How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?’  The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws; just and unjust.  I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws.  One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws.  Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.  I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘an unjust law is no law at all.’

Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust?  A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God.  An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.  To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.  Any law that uplifts human personality is just.  Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.” pg. 82

sometimes … no one can tell you what’s the right thing to do … there’s only you.


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