Before you could kill. If you had a lot of power, you could kill or have them killed. First, because life was not so valuable. Second, because some were supposed to have the right over life and death. For example, the sovereign.
People were different in their status, which meant that some were human and some were subhuman, that is, inferior and eliminable. Superiors had the right to decide who should keep their lives, and to decide all other laws as well. This seems foreign to our modern sensibilities, but that’s how it was.
Little by little and perhaps too slowly, we have been changing this conception. Two parallel displacements took place. This (earthly) life is unique and irreplaceable. And we are all equally human. However, despite tables of religious laws, codes of Hammurabi, Roman rights and liberal revolutions, to stay at the last major turning points, sometimes we have the feeling that we are still in the “law of the jungle” (and look at the forests have a much higher level of self-organization compared to ours).
Even with the most recent additions, which include parts that were previously excluded from the law, we are far from real equity, with diversity, inclusion and other words that, look at that, are even in vogue.
The curious thing is that in Brazil 2022, it seems that this process of inevitable expansion of the scope of the law is carried out more slowly and with much more resistance. Modern law has the function of preserving life and sharing the Law with the greatest possible number of beings. The essence of the law is to bar the enjoyment of privilege. What is against the law? It’s everything you’d like to keep doing so you can come on top of others.
What a bummer right? So it is.
Welcome to a round, perishable earth of 8 billion people where everyone is supposed to have the right to live on it with dignity. Thus, you cannot exploit the other in such a way that he dies or that his life is hell. You cannot take land, food and body from another. You can no longer order to kill. It became a crime.
The more power you had, the more unpunished you got out of this story. Today it’s getting complicated. For example, there are Indians, rubber tappers, journalists, nuns, researchers, leaders, councilors who start investigating things you don’t want to appear. You order to kill. Ixi, there will be a plaque and tribute and people asking who ordered these people to be killed. You break the sign and run a tractor, real and symbolic, over all that is there. And isn’t it that once again the plan backfired and their photo circulates the world and even reaches Tower Bridge, one of the centers of the multipolar empire of the West?
Congratulations, you’ve managed to draw attention to yourself and your companions from this old worldview: let’s get the most out of nature and dispose of the lives of others, all outside the law. No, it can’t. You are not satisfied that the world has changed and you scream that the future of the nation is to do these tricks. No, it’s not.
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It has to discuss in a broad and transparent way the business models for the country. And it’s no use threatening to use force to bring that vision down your throat. She is old, she is the past. Now it has law, democracy, election, it has a game being played. You’ve already lost. You can gather your friends on bikes and chainsaws to make noise with you, right where the heroes were killed, but it won’t help. It will look pathetic, like a child who has been caught doing something wrong and starts screaming, covering his ears to escape reality. You can kick and maybe even set up another dictatorship for a couple of years. You will lose in the end.
I don’t know if you understand, but it’s been centuries since you lost the game. And whoever is covering for you will feel a lot of shame in the end.
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