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Law Creates “Context”
The law is the context in which we live.
Consider, not only from a "personal conduct" standpoint, but from
a more ethereal, spiritual standpoint:
The folk of Asgardh live within a set of laws, both spiritual and physical.
They shape shift, becoming eagles and fishes within the limits of their
invoking of these shapes, so our Lore tells us. They fly across the sky,
chased by wolves. Furthermore, they can walk between worlds. We of Midgardh
cannot. That is "against the law" in our sphere of the physical
and spiritual. Still, the Ćsir and Vanir and a host of named and unnamed
wights as well as agents of loss and chaos feel drawn to this one of the
Nine Worlds. They behave, so our Lore says, according to our laws while
That is because law CREATES context.
Now, the example cited may to some simply be a discussion of abstracts, not
taking into account the archetypal nature of our Lore, etc., that we
understand more of the Multiverse now than did 9th Century Norsemen, 5th
Century Goths or more ancient Scythians, Tocharians and proto-Germans. We
need fewer "fables" to explain the setting of the sun, the turning
of the Earth, etc.
But, that doesn't explain why the Lore, indeed the Gods, still resonate
within us. Maybe the Lore is archetypal...but, that doesn't mean that
the lessons of law are not there still to be learned!
We are who we are because of where and how and how faithfully we give our
word, how well we commit to our Gods and to our laws and traditions. A 2nd
Century Cherusci or Marsii tribesman had fewer options -- he couldn't wear
his hat backwards, wrap his pasty butt in FUBU "gear", listen to
Eminem, and try to be a "brother", as an example -- but he could
go out-of-law with his tribe -- with, in fact, his family, their ancestors,
and his entire world, in essence -- by becoming an agent of Rome or some
other foreign influence...taking on their laws, traditions and customs.
Then, he would no longer be a Cherusci...he'd not really be a Roman.
He'd be nothing. There's a lot of that about.
When one begins to talk of the law, one begins to hear of the
failures of some organizations (generally in the eyes of the speaker)
falling into some "cult of personality" regarding their leader.
These same people, therefore, hold themselves aloof from any law but
that of their own devising, and so put ourselves outside our own law!
After all, if you're not in the Innangardh, you're a foreigner.
I don't mind an organization having a strong leader. That leader'll soon
find, once I or any of the folk here (I'd bet) come into contact with the
organization or tribe, that they'll still have their laurels, but scant
little time to rest upon them. Leaders earn their position, and must do so
daily. That, or someone more in touch with the aspirations of the folk will
rise up and supplant him or her.
But, one thing we need to un-learn is the phenomenon of having just such a
leadership squabble while still protecting the Folk, keeping the
organization or tribe together for the greater good. In short, we need to
relearn how to put ourselves within the law, working for the common good.
We've been force-fed the sexiness of "going alone", of being the
cowboy, the mountain man, the rugged individualist. Mountain men, in fact,
really weren't Indians, and were scarcely "white men" after a
while. In short, they weren't anything. They outlawed themselves.
We need less of this "sexy" ruggedness and a bit more cooperation
for the common good, with Northvegr getting respect from Irminsmenn (which
I'd wager would not be hard to do), while Alliance asatruar receiving
support from both, etc...within the commonly agree-upon law.
This is something which serious heathens need to discuss