Life, Society, Law, and Language

We (people) tend to be very pragmatic when it comes to law in our societies. We tend toward an overwhelming majority of the group being in complete agreement on many, if not most, basic points of law. Sort of a “lowest common denominator” approach to legal and social theory.

Regarding life issues, I am consistently prolife, because I believe that a more just society would outlaw: capital punishment, abortion, war, and euthanasia.

I was involved in a discussion, not long ago, during which I found myself having to define the most basic of words to the person with whom I was having this discussion; words such as: life, death, law, justice, etc. The discussion involved abortion on demand, which means abortion for any reason whatsoever. I was unsure, at first, whether I should be taking this person seriously, because the definitions of such basic words are, well, pretty basic. But, apparently, when it comes to the issue of abortion, even the simplest words are distorted to represent and symbolize something that they were never intended to represent or symbolize, and that’s a real problem, because societies depend upon language to write their laws and language is simply a system of signs or symbols.

I’ve written a very simple law, which should be easy enough for anyone to understand, designed to protect all human beings within our society from being killed, intentionally and unjustly, by other human beings within our society (with the sole exception being made for self-defense and the defense of innocents). And because people do like to quibble about the meanings of words, especially when it comes to abortion, I’ve also included the proper definition of each word I’ve used, as well as the word’s part of speech.

If, after reading this law, you still doesn’t understand what I’m saying, or if you don’t agree with what I’m advocating, or if it happens to be your desire that abortion on demand would continue to be legal throughout the US for the foreseeable future, then please write me and explain to me why you believe this and tell me what sorts of arguments you are using to defend your prochoice position, because I’ve yet to hear a sound argument that proves why abortion is NOT a moral evil and I doubt that you or anyone can make such an argument.


“The intentional, violent destruction of a human being of any age is not permitted by law. Deadly force is permitted only when exercised directly in defense of innocent human life.”

This law is as simple as I could possibly write it. As I see it, the law would prohibit the following: murder, all forms of homicide or manslaughter committed with malicious intent, capital punishment, abortion, war, and euthanasia (when the natural, biological death process has yet to begin).

The law would permit: deadly force when used in self-defense, defense of others (i.e., innocents), war (in defense of direct attack) and the prescription of pain relief medications (as the individual, family, and physician sees fit) to dying people once the (natural, biological) death process has begun.

Words used: 25 (distinctly different) words used; 29 total words (3 words are used twice: “human”, “is”, “permitted”; and one word is used 3 times: “of”).

the”: definite article; used, especially before a noun, with a specifying or particularizing effect; used to refer to specific or particular nouns.

intentional”: adjective; done with intent or on purpose;; modifies nouns (modify meaning “to change in some way”).

violent”: adjective; acting with or characterized by uncontrolled, strong, rough force.

destruction”: noun; the act of destroying or state of being destroyed.

of”(3x): preposition; used to indicate distance or direction from, etc.

a”: indefinite article; any; a single.

human”: noun; being human, a member of the human family; consisting of members of the family Hominidae.

being”: noun; existing; a particular, existing member of the human family.

of”(3x): preposition; used to indicate distance or direction from, etc.

any”: adjective; one, a, an, or some; one or more without specification or identification.

age”: noun; length of time during which a thing (e.g., human being) has existed.

is”(2x): verb; to exist, happen, occur; 3rd person singular present indicative of be.

not”: adverb; negation, denial, refusal.

permitted”(2x): verb; to allow to do something.

bypreposition; through the agency or authority of.

law”: noun; principle and regulations established in a community by some authority and applicable to its people, whether in their form of legislation or of custom and policies recognized and enforced by judicial decision.

deadly”: adjective; causing or tending to cause death; fatal; lethal; aiming to kill or destroy.

force”: noun; power to influence, affect, or control (e.g., the force of law).

is”(2x): verb; to exist, happen, occur; 3rd person singular present indicative of be.

permitted”(2x): verb; to allow to do something.

only”: adverb; alone, solely.

when”: adverb; at what time, under what circumstances.

exercised”: noun; a putting into use, action, or effect.

directly“: adverb; at once; without delay; immediately.

in”: preposition; used to indicate limitation or qualification, as of a situation, relation, manner, action, etc.

defense”: noun; resistance against attack; protection.

of”(3x): preposition; used to indicate distance or direction from, etc.

innocent”: adjective; free of moral wrong.

human”(2x): noun; being human, a member of the human family; consisting of members of the family Hominidae.

life”: noun; the animate existence or period of animate existence of an individual or individuals (= lives).

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One Response to Life, Society, Law, and Language

  1. I would greatly appreciate any feedback on this post, especially from lawyers (or lawyer types) who are good at finding loopholes in laws. I’ve already found one word I need to remove: “violent”.

    I was thinking about how violent death can often be (e.g., war, abortion) but euthanasia and capital punishment are usually not violent, although they are destructive.

    This applies to other crimes that I think of as being violent too, like murder, although a murder is not always violent. I think the word “destruction” alone is good enough.

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