We had an in-class 5 minute Q&A assignment in English a week and a half ago. The question was an Aristotle quote: Law is reason, free from passion. Agree, or disagree?
I just jotted something off the top of my head and turned it in, since I knew I wasn't being graded on what my response was, as long at it was well written.
Well, it turns out it did matter what my response was because we were assigned to debate groups based on our answers. BLEH! We had a lot of fun developing our arguments and today was the debate. The four members of my debate team each contributed about the same amount. I had 4 minutes to present an argument and 2 minutes later in the debate to rebutt one of the opposing team's arguments. We were totally in to it and my team did an awesome job!
We were on team Disagree. What's funny is I was always debating the other side during all of our group meetings- I told my group that it was good for them to practice, but really I believe the other side..... but I liked our argument anyway and believed everything I said. lol. long story)
Here is my argument: (Sorry about the formatting- I copied and pasted from a notecard word format to blogger format. I don't know about you but I'm not staying up all night to make it pretty. It's all about content, right? lol)
There is more than one type of law- take for instance, the Law of Gravity.
2. DEFINING THE LAW:
A law is basically a rule that is enforced by an authority or by custom, or in the case of science, reality. If we leave aside things like the Law of Gravity, then "man’s law" implies, simply, a rule or set of rules to be followed...a frame work of what is right or wrong to do. Whether a law is just or not is an ethical concern, but you cannot separate the fact that a law reflects some standard custom that has been adopted (or forced).
Humans also, can interpret them many different ways.
For example, this one little word can be read a number of ways (I said it many different ways for the class while I held up the Oh card- you should see how many you come up with, it's fun, even if you're not dirty)
That's just one word. Think of the possibilities when you add another word to it, and another and another.
Now, laws are just WORDS on PAPER. Many people call it “the letter” of the law (letters make up words-makes sense). Another definition of the letter of the law is following the law exactly as it is written, despite the intent of the writers or the spirit in which the law was written.
(this next pink part I cut out for time's sake, but got to use it in my rebuttal- which was awesome!)
If I would be so bold, I’d amend Aristotle’s words to say
"Law is reason, balanced by passion," but you all, being human, might interpret that differently than I intended, so I’ll just leave it alone.