Yesterday Dan O’Connor offered a comment in the form of a YouTube link. According to the stats package only two people clicked on the link. I was one of those. Looks like Bill Cumming was the other. I think the three minute link — to a biopic of a late Medieval/early Renaissance politician and lawyer — is worth your time and relevant to our times… that, as always, try men’s souls. The link is at the close of this post.
The video is an excerpt from “A Man for All Seasons.” The man is Sir Thomas More — aka St. Thomas More — an ambitious, sometimes ruthless, intolerant, repressive, and even cruel political leader who is also remembered as a model jurist, loving father and principled martyr to freedom of conscience. I believe in a God of paradoxes, More is one of my proofs.
The linked video shows More at his best. But it is not merely Hollywood hagiography. More actually wrote, “I would uphold the law if for no other reason but to protect myself.” The scriptwriter is quoting. (More on More is available from Luminarium.)
In our discussions regarding Mr. al-Awlaki we have disagreed regarding the sources, nature, and meaning of the law. The contributors (discussants?)have tended to perceive those of opposite opinion to be misquided and, even, potentially dangerous. But we have not questioned the motivations of our opposites nor have we dismissed their arguments. Rather than arguing, we are engaging in argumentation. In this attitude and discipline we uphold the law and embrace the opportunity for the law to save us — individually and collectively — when each one of us inevitably chooses what is wrong.
Please view the brief link at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMqReTJkjjg