The 3 Laws of the Universe
We live by the first law, which is Human Law, we never consider why that is, or even what it really is. Human Law is what puts boundaries around expected behaviour, from ourselves and from others, and even defines what we expect from the world about us. It helps us to function and to explain away reality.
But when things go wrong we have to blame something – God, or Fate, or Bad Luck, or Demons maybe. The point is, when Human Law can no longer provide an explanation to us, often that causes a collapse of the mind and a nihilistic response follows. Then we have to find a way to rebuild our beliefs, and often with emotional scars because we do not understand why something happened to us. Life then seems very unfair.
The 3 Laws of the Universe are a way to understand what is going on around us and so be prepared. When one law fails us, the next law will provide an explanation. The 3 laws simplify how and why reality functions the way it does. It provides an explanation to the reasons for an impact upon us that we do not understand. Human’s need guidelines to function, our brains work best that way. The 3 Laws, are just a simple, and honest, way to provide it.
Understanding the simple approach of using a filter such as the 3 laws of the Universe can provide a functional template to work with when facing the cold, hard, and inhospitable reality that we are all surrounded by.
1. Human Law (Moral codes)
Human Law is basically built from two things: Complex Moral Codes and the Collective cultural beliefs of the era that you find yourself living in.
We use Human Law all the time to try to understand our position in the Universe and figure out how we should behave in it. But what happens when our behaviour forces us outside of Human Law, how do we cope? Then we need to look at the other laws, but first let us understand Human Law in the context we mean to discuss it here.
Killing in the name of…
Take the act killing someone. Most of us would struggle with the idea of doing it, or being complicit in it, and that is fine and right. We all know this and avoid doing it. We consider murder to be uncivilised and wrong, even evil, but there is a problem in that.
By defining ourselves as “civilised and peaceful beings”, we then have to explain how we came to be civilised and peaceful, and since lots of killing was involved in order achieve it, how do we justify that?
In order to explain it, we have Human Law. It provides Moral Codes, and the Collective cultural beliefs of our era, which allows us to then compartmentalise any bad acts, such as murder. The killing is given a good reason: some people got murdered so that our culture could survive. It gets explained away.
By way of example, check out this link that shows that over 1 million non-Americans have been killed by war with USA on foreign soil since 9/11 – [link to study here]
Human Law, collectively allows Americans to get on with things and not question the morals of that act. American’s won’t be tried in a court for being complicit in the murder of 1 Millions civilians in the Middle East, because it had to be done, they all know that.
But hang on…does that actually make sense if we stop to consider it? It’s still the murder of innocent people and if it happened on American soil would it be treated quite so flippantly? That was not even 1 million terrorists, it was mostly innocent civilians.
So, how come it is okay to murder someone under one set of conditions, but not under another? You can’t shoot up a school and get away with it in USA, but if you bomb one in Iraq that’s just “collateral damage” in the “war on terror”.
But never mind, you don’t need to even think about it, because Human Law for Americans has got it covered. But isn’t that all a bit convenient? Well, yes, quite so.
Who makes it okay to break Human Law?
Collectively, we are told it is fine to kill if it is done for the country, culture, or species. We all can accept that, and it lets us compartmentalise our moral concerns, and get on with our day quite happily, despite knowing that blood is being spilled right now for us to be here: for our petrol, for our diamonds, or to protect poppy fields for our medicine, or whatever it is we need. Just ignore it. Human Law has got it covered.
But, that does not mean that you can go and kill your percieved enemy on a whim, or blow up your neighbour and steal his petrol, you need to get proper authorisation to do it. But then who exactly is in a position to authorise such a thing? God? God is not around. Only Man can authorise murder, but how can that ever be justified? Well, currently in America they do use God to justify it, but that is how it all works. You need an excuse to justify the moral code that underpins Human Law. God is perfect, because he is not around to be questioned, so tell everyone it is God’s will. Simple.
Human Law, the Moral Codes, the Collective cultural beliefs of the era, that is how murder gets justified.
That is obviously a very hypocritical and vague stance, and it is wide open to criticism and misinterpretation. But we ignore it, because it is easier than admitting that Human Law is a lie and completely made up to suit. If you can give us a good reason for the murder, we can then just get on with things. Human Law is what provides it. Human Law placates the rest of us so that we can all sleep easy at night.
Human Law is a collective lie
Human Law functions to allow us to collectively lie to ourselves about the truth of things, and from that we create the collective narrative that we all live by without being concerned about our involvement in breaking it. We function together in this lie without a problem. We are clean, shiny, free of concern, and not at all complicit in the murder of 1 million middle-eastern civilians. Human Law has got us covered.
When you break the Human Law, that is a bit different
What happens when someone breaks into your home and starts to rape your wife, and you smash them over the head with a chair and kill them? Or you take some medication that turns you totally nuts, and you get in a fight at the pub and punch someone in the face and they die?
If you break the code of Human Law, you get put in prison for a long time. But you will also likely feel terrible for what you did. It is out of character, it is illegal, it is morally wrong. If you personally kill someone, all these things will weigh heavily on you while you sit in a prison cell and wonder what went wrong. Unfortunately Human Law does not care about you, and the moment that you break it, it will turn on you.
So, how do you explain this kind of behaviour? You are probably even now explaining it away in your head, noticing that I said “rape your wife” which immediately adds weight to your moral code to suggest there are circumstances when it is okay to murder, you have your own version of Human Law running in your head trying to explain it all away, but let’s add another valid point in first.
If you had committed any of those same acts under different circumstances would you be in the same position? No. If you had killed the enemy during a war, brutalised him in the trenches, caved his head in, or better still killed hundreds of them in cold blood, then you might be given a medal for it. Yet if someone breaks into your home and you kill them, you will be arrested, there will be a court case, an inquisition, and a good chance that you will end up in prison for it. It will come down to who has the best lawyers to argue Human Law.
This actually does not make much sense. How do we deal with this hypocrisy exhibited by so-called civilised human beings? Many people languishing in prison are faced with this very same question every day, but the truth is the rest of society does not care, they are also collateral damage, the collective would rather lock you up if you break Human Law in the wrong circumstances, than face it’s own hypocrisy surrounding the application of Human Law. No one would disagree with that decision either. Murder is wrong [caveat: except when it is right].
Human Law is based on the best case argument
The point I am trying to make here is that fundamentally we can see that Human Law is not set in stone, it changes to suit the time, the mood of the people judging it, and the conditions of the moment. Human law is completely subjective and can be argued over by lawyers, and even be changed. The truth is, that Human law is completely made-up.
We still all feel bound by Human Law, and we can all collectively agree about it’s boundaries which we should not cross, and that is fine right up until something goes awry in our lives and we are forced to cross those lines ourselves. Consciously, or usually unconsciously, we have all taken on the Moral Codes of our time without question. We all live by the Collective cultural beliefs of our era.
When we cross a line
But what happens when our world breaks down, we cross a line, and we can no longer fall back on Human Law to explain our behaviour to ourselves? Maybe someone did break into your house and raped your wife and you beat them to death. What happens then, is that you have a moral meltdown. You have to explain your position to others, the police maybe, then a judge and jury, and if you fail to do so, they will lock you up, but more than that, you have to explain it to yourself. That is a far bigger issue. It is one thing to lie to other people, it is another to try to lie to yourself.
Regardless of how our culture reacts to whatever we might do to break Human Law, we still need to survive the experience, and we will need to find a way to explain our behaviour to ourselves, and to address our own sense of conscience and moral balance. We need to explain why we did what we did, and why it is okay that we did it. We need a reason to square it away with our inner judge, and to rebalance our sense of self.
If we break the Human Law of our time and get caught, we will be punished by our culture for it. There is nothing we can do about that. But in order to explain our behaviour to ourselves when we break Human Law, it is time to look at the next law in order to try to explain what happened. Because if Human Law can’t explain what we did, Nature’s Law can…
2. Nature’s Law (Biological Imperatives)
Nature’s Law has one unbreakable rule – you need to eat another living being to survive here. Nature’s Law has one unavoidable hunger drive – you need to procreate. Other than that, do whatever you like.
Did you know that ducks are orgiastic necrophiliacs, and we do not know why they do it, they will gang bang a dead duck. Bears will kill other bears and then have sex afterwards as if the act of murder has excited them to it. In fact, in Nature there are many similar behaviours that completely go against Human Law, and as civilised beings we react aghast when we hear about these acts. Yet every single day humans, just like us, are committing these kinds of atrocities too, and our Newspapers are full of these tales.
We love a bit of law breaking
Interestingly, we also go out of our way to hear about these stories of Human Law being broken. We love the drama of others falling foul of Human Law and TV series are built on it. Certainly, we say we are disgusted by behaviour that breaks Human Law, and yet at the same time we are also fascinated by it, thrilled by it, drawn to it like moths to a flame, and we want to know more, but not to get too close. We also want to know why it happens, we act as if we have forgotten.
We are all very well trained to behave ourselves according to Human Law. And yet in a funny way we get a thrill at the idea of breaking it and getting away with it. Especially if it is justified. Look at all our TV shows, it is mostly murder and bloody, sex related mayhem, but it’s always based around good guys and bad guys. Good guys can kill, bad guys can’t. Human Law in action, justifying the same behaviour in two people but applying the Moral Code to justify it in one of them and condemn it in the other. How very convenient.
But after a while Human Law actually feels really stifling and boring, probably because it is. Human’s then get their thrills by watching Nature’s Law in action, our TV shows are based on Human Law being broken, Nature’s Law taking over, and it thrills us silly when it happens. Just like the days of the Roman Colloseum and Gladiators, today our Newspapers are full of people doing exactly the same thing for us, falling foul of Human Law and engaging in Nature’s Law and then brutalising each other, we love a bit of it. The sicker the better, because it is simply more thrilling.
Falling off the edge of the Law
So Human Law is literally a precipitous edge we all live along, and many of us at some point in our lives fall off it because it really does not take that much to do so. When we do, we need a way to explain that behaviour to ourselves, and Nature’s Law can do just that.
Understanding that Human Law is just a subjective code of conduct and not the truth is the first step, and then recognising that we are also bound to Nature’s Law in exactly the same way that animals are. When you fall out of Human Law, you are immediately functioning according to Nature’s Law.
Nature’s Law rules you more honestly
Firstly, why is this relevant? Well, because a large part of every human being is still very much an animal, and has animal drives and hungers that we spend our time trying to suppress. We are civilised on the surface, but when something triggers us we return to our old instinctive, animal ways. No one is exempt. We are physiologically designed like it [see my artcle on Violence and Shame for an indepth explanation on the physiological aspects of how and why it happens].
The truth is that every human being is capable of murder, and for that matter all the other heinous behaviours that fall foul of Human Law too. This is especially true of our sexual proclivities. Underneath our humanity we are still just animals driven by our hungers.
Human Law really is an attempt to stop that aspect of us from manifesting, while trying to evolve us towards an escape from Nature. We don’t want to be animals, it scares us. Animals are a threat and belong in zoos (prisons). But Human Law actually doesn’t work very well. We can’t seem to get away from our underlying nature, which is why we have zoos chock full of people, and also why you or me could easily end up in one ourselves, if circumstance pushed us to it.
This attempt to escape Nature’s Law leaves us confused, because we forget that we actually function to it first and foremost. When we fall foul of Human Law we are left trying to understand our own behaviour, or more likely we are victim to it and are left trying to understand how another person fell foul of it. But Nature’s Law can explain it, and help us to put it into the correct box, so we do not lose our minds if, or more likely when we are impacted by someone falling foul of Human Law.
Nature’s Law is just biological imperatives
Nature’s Law has less rules around sex and death than Human Law does, in fact it has none. Nature does not care if you gang bang a dead duck, or rape and murder another bear before having sex with your partner bear over it. Nature will not punish you, in fact Nature put the drive in you.
Nature cares only for two things: Firstly, eat living energy to stay alive, and secondly, try to produce more offspring.
Nature’s Law works to biological imperatives. It forces us to function using hunger drives to eat, and to procreate. We cannot actually escape one of those without dying ourselves. It is not a choice, like Human Law, it does not change over time like Human Law. Nature’s Law has likely been the same since before the dawn of man and will likely be the same until the day all life goes extinct. Nature’s Law applies to all living beings. None – that I have yet heard of – are exempt.
The bottom line is Nature’s Law
You cannot break Nature’s Law like you can with Human Law. It is the base-line that living beings function from. There is no escaping it, or refusing it. Nature’s Law is the fundamental functionality for all living beings. These are unchangable, factual truths that all living beings obey. The bottom line for living beings is Natures Law.
You can kill, maim, abuse, eat, rape, wound, torture, fight, fuck, leave, take, give, do none or all of those things, in any way shape or form you like, so long as you adher to the two fundamental rules – Eat other living energy to stay alive, and try to breed. Even these rules are not heavily applied by Nature in a court of law because Nature’s Law is really only biologically driven, but the point is, she does not judge, only Human Law judges and enforces a subsequent punishment.
Nature’s Law made me do it
Nature’s Law explains all the so-called misdeeds of humans, and Nature’s Law does not judge them for what they do, because Nature’s Law is what made them do it.
Punishment or acceptance?
Is there a problem with humans behaving according to Nature’s Law? Well, only if you are trying to apply Human Law and morals to the process, then yes there is, because it breaks all the codes of Human Law in a civilised 21st Century society, and you should expect to pay the price for it.
On the other hand, if you are looking at the world from a more open-minded philosophical outlook, either trying to understand it, or because you have fallen foul of Human Law. Maybe you are either incarcerated, or are confused by your own behaviour, then Nature’s Law will probably go a long way to explain what has happened to you, and why because when Human Law fails, Nature’s Law takes over.
Nature’s Law and the predatory & parasitical universe
Nature’s Law is not a let off for our behaviour either, because it applies to all other living beings that are also given every right to kill, maim, abuse, eat, rape, wound, fight, fuck, leave, take, give, from us too.
The cruel truth of life is that so long as a living being adheres to the two fundamental rules: eat living energy to stay alive, and try to breed, then they can do what they like to us. In fact, they have every right by Nature’s Law to kill you, fuck you, and feed off you all at the same time. It may seem cruel and unfair, but Nature is not concerned with niceties, it is simply a fundamental fact of how things actual are in Universe that we find ourselves in. The world of Nature is predatory, and it is parasitical.
But that isn’t the end of it, there is actually another Law that trumps not only Human Law, but Nature’s Law too, and it really only becomes relevant to a person if they are trying to grasp the fundamental way in which the Universe works, and so are struggling with the whys and wherefore’s that such a task presents.
The ultimate law, and the one that all other laws default to when they get challenged, the law that explains everything, is Universal Law…
3. Universal Law.
Universal Law does not care about anything. Universal Law is cold. It states that eventually all things will become nothing. Nothing is important enough to matter, it is as simple as that. Impermanence, is the ultimate truth.
Planets will destruct, all life and Nature will become extinct, suns will got out, galaxies will disappear, and ultimately nothing will remain. Therefore, nothing means anything, nothing matters, and nothing is so important as to have a law of permanence applied to it.
Everything within the dominion of the universe, is ruled by this Universal Law. Ultimately nothing will survive, whatever is happening in Human Law and Nature’s Law will completely cease to be relevant, or even exist, at some point. Which by default makes it irrelevant now.
The existence of Matter itself will be in question eventually, and as a result Time too will have no meaning or existence. Fundamentally speaking, nothing is of consequence in Universal Law because eventually nothing will be here to be of consequence. There is not much more that can be said about it. Ultimately, nothing matters.
Mark’s main pastimes are Meditation and Tantra and the study of human behaviour in relating. He is co-facilitator at The Temple Space. He is also a travel writer, published author, and music producer. His other books and music publications are available through his website www.MarkDKBerry.com