Chapter 23: Except Love, There Should Be No Law
So on the one hand some people create laws and the same people protect criminals. The same people break the laws they have made. It is almost a game, Kahlil Gibran says, like children playing by the ocean who build sand-towers with constancy and then destroy them with laughter. They have created a beautiful profession. For their profession, crime is needed - more crime and more money, more crime and more courts, more crime and more jails. Do you think these people would like the world to be crimeless? They would lose all their power, their profession, all their clients. They would be beggars. Right now they have become the masters.
And it is strange that the judgments always go in favor of the rich, in favor of the exploiters - never in favor of the poor, the weak, the oppressed, the exploited. What you call law is in fact organized crime, hidden with sophisticated jargon.
If man is really interested in getting rid of crime, every court should become a meditation center. Every jail should become helpful psychologically and physically to the people who have been forced there, to give them dignity, to give them some craft, some art. And they all have talents dormant in them. Those talents should be brought out, so when they come out into the world they are not dependent on crime anymore. They would have every capacity to earn, to deserve - and, moreover, they would have learned how to be silent, how to be peaceful, how to be meditative.
My own suggestion is that all the politicians at least should be sent into such places which you have been calling jails, imprisonment. I would not like to use those dirty words. They should be sent for their spiritual growth into meditative centers, into meditative communes. If we can transform the politicians - who are powerful criminals - then crime can disappear from the world without much effort. Because it is not the weaker who commits the crime, it is the stronger who commits the crime. The weaker simply protects himself, makes laws; but he is unaware that he may be in the majority. But once you have chosen a member of the parliament for five years, he is your master. And you will go on like a Rotary Club, changing your masters every five years. What does it matter who is the master? Whoever is the master is going to be destructive of humanity in a thousand and one ways.
But while you build your sand-towers, the ocean brings more sand to the shore. And when you destroy them the ocean laughs with you.
He is speaking in a metaphorical, symbolic language, saying that all existence laughs at the stupidity humanity continuously goes on living in: making sand castles and hoping, “This castle is not going to be destroyed.”
How many laws have been created down the centuries? And every law has been broken. Then to protect the law, more laws are created. Now it has become so ridiculous that you have all kinds of laws. They were created in the beginning by the weak to protect themselves, and now they are in the hands of the strongest people and they are being used against the weak, against the poor.