The first recorded laws date back to 5,000 years ago. Unrecorded laws date back to the earliest living creatures who adopted expected patterns of behavior and reacted negatively when these common codes of behavior were not followed. Laws are a mechanism to address the self interests, libertarian instincts and genetic programming of individuals when a common interest asserts itself. Laws exist as a mechanism to protect individuals and groups from unexpected harm. Laws identify and bring to the conscious those acts and behaviors that the group making the laws believes serve their best interest. Laws as mere words serve a useful purpose, of deterrence and awareness, if they are understood by all. Laws are more effective when there are active and widely deployed forms of prevention, identification, enforcement and negative consequences. But as we should know by now, if the objective is to Nurture, achieve Equality and pursue Truth through Systemic Confluence, laws and legal systems alone, whether deeply flawed or highly ethical, are not enough to deter deliberate acts of harm, genocide, corruption, wars, tyranny and totalitarian imprisonment.
If you live in the United States, how many laws are you familiar with? Our answer is – not very many. We basically understand right from wrong under the law, but do not know the details.
As we examined the details of law, we were astounded by the dimensions and scale of recorded law. Here is a bit of what we found:
The United States Code, a compilation of general and permanent federal laws, is comprised of 51 Titles, 42,860 pages, and over 21 million words. If we think of a single law as any specific detailed element of behavior that can stand alone, we imagine the number of “laws” identified for the jurisdiction of the federal government to be in the tens of thousands, possible hundreds of thousands of stand alone legal standards.
Those of us at the offices of Y Worlds live in Minnesota, a well educated cold climate state in the middle of the United States, bordering Canada. The Minnesota Statutes, similar to the US Code but pertaining to just Minnesota, has 648 Statutes, 18,449 pages, and over 11 million words. We imagine there are tens of thousands of stand alone “laws” guiding our behavior in friendly Minnesota.
So, a Minnesota citizen operating in the United States has over 30 million words* of law that pertain to them. And this doesn’t even include case law or regulatory provisions, or local and regional laws or special categories and circumstances.
No one can possibly read, internalize and then follow millions of words and thousands of laws, but we still enforce and punish people who break them. Step back a moment. No one can possibly assert that it is logical, reasonable, effective, necessary or constitutional for a democratic republic to continue to deploy such a mechanism. The degrees of separation between millions of words and the public’s capacity to comprehend is massive and growing.
At Y Worlds we envision a simple, clear, and effective ontological model that drives all of the laws of the land. Laws based upon high level measurable objectives, constitutional rights and safeguards. Laws based upon Nurture, Equality Truth and Systems- NETS.
Our laws would focus on the active systemic prevention of harm, the active systemic achievement of equality and the active systemic pursuit of justice, truth and the balance between individual freedoms and the commons.
We would use a rigorously open, participative Proof Process as the judicial process. We would establish a protocol for building a proof of anything that is dedicated to Truth and protected from unfounded bias. The new system of laws would be universal, clear, transparent, documented, peer reviewed, objective based and digestible by all of us.
Y Worlds – challenging the notion that millions of laws work – proposing a movement to deconstruct and reconstruct laws based upon their objectives, their results and our full comprehension .