By Peter Worman
This week we will look at inter-alia, justice and injustice, our role as humans and the finer laws that govern this creation and tie this up to ultimate leadership.
A just action, very simply put, is an action that doesn’t go against the finer laws of the creation. Justice in terms of human behaviour involves adhering to the finer laws of the creation. As mentioned last week, this has to do with harming no one and not going against the finer laws of the creation even if we suffer the effects of the so-called injustices. For example, one of these regulations says we should not steal or take what does not belong to us, this meant in a very broad sense. If someone therefor steals from you, this does not give one the right to steal from someone else.
Lord Blackstone in his 18th Century Commentaries on the Laws of England had the following to say on absolute law: Considering the creator only as a being of infinite power, he was able unquestionably to have prescribed whatever laws he pleased to his creature, man, however unjust or severe. But as he is also a being of infinite wisdom, he has laid down only such laws as were founded in those relations of justice, that existed in things antecedent to any positive precept. These are the eternal, immutable laws of good and evil, to which the creator himself in all his dispensations conforms; and which he has enabled human reason to discover, so far as they are necessary for the conduct of human actions. Such among others are these principles: that we should live honestly, should hurt nobody, and should render to everyone his due; to which three general precepts Justinian1 has reduced the whole doctrine of law.
As therefore the creator is a being, not only of infinite power, and wisdom, but also of infinite goodness, he has been pleased so to contrive the constitution and frame of humanity, that we should want no other prompter to inquire after and pursue the rule of right, but only our own self-love, that universal principle of action. For he has so intimately connected, so inseparably interwoven the laws of eternal justice with the happiness of each individual, that the latter cannot be attained but by observing the former; and, if the former be punctually obeyed, it cannot but induce the latter. In consequence of which mutual connection of justice and human felicity, he has not perplexed the law of nature with a multitude of abstracted rules and precepts, referring merely to the fitness or unfitness of things, as some have vainly surmised; but has graciously reduced the rule of obedience to this one paternal precept, “that man should pursue his own true and substantial happiness”.
A true leaders job therefor would be to discover these finer laws and abide by them whatever the consequences. It’s also worth mentioning that Moses for example, never sought to lead his flock and in fact saw himself as totally unworthy. He reportedly said, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of aspeech, and of a bslow tongue”. Contemporary teachers have coined the phrase “Servant Leadership” which hints at a style of leadership where the leader is never reluctant to admit that his knowledge is deficient and is never averse to learning something new.
All this points to an individual that first and foremost understands natural law or the finer laws of the creation, someone that never sought out a leadership position, someone who never stops in his quest for higher knowledge, is humble and empathetic and most importantly, someone who always puts the truth first. It might seem like a tall order, but it is in fact the duty of all human beings.
I sincerely hope that this treatise on leadership has been helpful and look forward to discussing similar topics in the future.