Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pro and Con

PROfound and/or CONfound

By definition, there are no absolutes in a finite world. . .

That explains, very simply, why mankind was advised not to ‘eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ – the indigestion would surely be fatal if not somehow transcended by a form of salvation.

To my mind the American legal system is analogous to the content of the Bible. The scale is different and the same presence of perfection provides an undeniable relationship.

One example in the American legal system is the legal concept of ‘de minimus’ which recognizes that there are facts which fall beneath the threshold of any judicial importance/notice.

De minimus is from the Latin meaning so small as to not be counted.

There are finite concepts which derive from this principle, but are frightfully confusing because of a lack of knowledge of the etymology. A prime example is the ‘white lie’. - Is it moral or not?

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