Welcome to Law and the Constitution. note 1  This class is designed to introduce the student to the idea of "law."  Advancing consciousness of "law" includes exploration of on particular and dear to us law that has come to be called "the constitution."

Socrates is credited with famously saying "the unexamined life is not worth living."   If, as is my supposition, that life and law are categorizable as fundamentally the same thing;  interchangeable things; then can we agree that "law" (or the law;  or law-stuff; etc. etc. and et. cetera.) is a rather general phenomena.  Since humans don't live by large alone;  our focus manifests in "our law" as much as "law;" and in this regard we are trying to create and give palpable meaning to the thing we call;  our constitution.  Can I suggest that we are trying to transform "the constitution" from being a part of "law" into "our law which we come to hold dear.

If there are no objections to undertaking this mission;   we begin with a broad overview of the subject.  In asking "what is law" we demand an answer.  In asking and demanding this;  we have to wonder what it means to "ask" and to "demand."   Is law simply "out there" floating with the stars above and then somehow rides down to us and surrounds us with liberating constraints that bring a better good by in large?  Is our law a dimension of our power to reason and will the shape of our future?   The answer ofcourse is "it depends."  Law is there in both ways.  The circumstance to which we reach for it will dictate what form will be relevant to the purposes we have set for it. 

What are legitimate purposes of law?     The point of the class is to pinpoint those.   To discover anew by our voyages what generations of people have been applying for thousands of years.  And then to see how from the platform of social history as arisen representative government in a capitalistic, liberalistic, democratic republic constituted by a document written in the late 1700s and amended over the next 200 or so years.  

Our trek will bring us from Aristotle to Thomas Jefferson;  Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Martin Luther King, Muhammed Ali, Nici Manaj and Maya Anjelou;  but in the end, their words are only tools by which we come to see our own hearts with our minds; our hopes and our humanity.

Students should accept that class participation is important.  Reading the material and thinking about it; and applying it;  in order that we can arrive at methods to cope with the tremendous problems of life, liberty and property and the other promises of our national ethos.  Demystification leads to questions;  and answer which interpret the puzzles hurled at us on a daily basis by God.

I trust that everyone will find this interesting and useful.  

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And with those few words...  away we go on this fun and serious path. 

note 1   Copyright Mark Andrew Trop and the Lighthouse School;  all rights reserved.