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Chapter 23: Except Love, There Should Be No Law

It is a very strange story, that these lawgivers have reduced the whole humanity into a subhuman state - because they have the guns, and they don’t allow you even a paper knife. And power goes on shifting into other powerful hands, and the vast majority of humanity goes on hoping and hoping that one day there will be no crime, no rape, no murder.

But crimes have increased, murders have increased, suicides have increased, rapes have increased - and the law is so superficial it does not go to the roots of the problem.

Kahlil Gibran is saying the ocean, the earth, the moons, the stars, laugh - what kind of man has arisen on the earth? You have become the laughingstock of the whole universe.

Verily the ocean laughs always with the innocent.

There, Kahlil Gibran seems to be slipping down again. First he says they laugh with the lawmakers and the lawbreakers, and now he says: Verily the ocean laughs always with the innocent.

I say unto you, the ocean cries, weeps with the innocent, for the innocent. The laughter against the lawmakers and lawbreakers is laughter of condemnation. But how can the earth, the ocean, the mountains laugh with the innocent? - who are being continuously tortured, harassed. There is no appeal for him. At the most he can appeal to the empty sky. He had to create a God just to have a little consolation that he can appeal, that there are courts; but the ultimate court is far above, above the clouds in heaven.

And all the religions have been consoling people. Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of God. Blessed is the man who stands last in the queue because he will be received first in the kingdom of God.” Mere consolations, to somehow tolerate and suffer in the hope that one day he will be the first and the first will be the last. One day the innocent will be declared pure and clean, and the so-called victorious will be defeated for eternity.

I have always wondered, continuously, how a man of Kahlil Gibran’s caliber managed to remain in a third-class religion of the world, Christianity. And he never raised a question against Christianity.

But what of those to whom life is not an ocean, and man-made laws are not sand-towers,
But to whom life is a rock and the law a chisel with which they would carve it in their own likeness?

Sometimes he seems to have lost his eyesight. He has forgotten that God created man in his own image. Every father has been doing the same since then, making an effort to create in his children his own image. He will be gone, but his image will remain. But the moment you start trying to create your own image you are being violent, not loving. You are not allowing the other person to have his own original face; you are giving him a mask which looks like you.

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