Paradise Lost was a poem written a couple of century's ago. Yet it is applicable today more so then ever. Based on the Garden of Eden story, Milton writes on how this one little violation of law crumbled paradise.
When people traveled to the New World there was not any organization of law of the land. It was do as do used to do in the old world….. maybe. People point a religious persecution as one of the main reasons to leave home and cross the ocean. This persecution is a very small reason for people going to the New World. There was lots of greed and covetousness to acquire riches and live like royalty.
Parallels the story of Adam and Eve to the growth of the United States. When the New World was discovered, there were no laws. Adam and Eve had but one law, do eat of the fruit of the two trees. Live and enjoy the land but the temptation of the forbidden fruit was more then they could resist. The violation of one simple law brought banishment from paradise. Even after they left the Garden of Eden, God’s man struggled to follow the rules of God.
In Exodus, God gives man ten simple little commandments and man still defies these rules. So later in Exodus, God provides some more rules man on how to live with his fellow man. Even then man struggles to live in the rules. So some more rules are added. The temptations are so great that many fall prey to them. So more rules are brought forth. Even after God finished with His commandments, the secular people added more rules. Soon rules of life filled volumes of books.
No longer did man live in a paradise of a couple of rules. Man was now a captive to volumes of laws. and the slave masters had become the lawyers….. lawgivers.
Now compare the birth of the United States. How many laws were there, Well the first set of rules… The Articles of Confederation were scrapped and replaced The Constitution. The Bill of Rights was added and all together they filled up maybe five pages. These two documents have not changed, the Constitution has been amended numerous times and out of this volumes of laws have been written. Our lives are now regulated by hundreds of thousands of laws. There are federal laws, state laws, county laws, city laws and special; district laws. Large libraries are needed just to house all the law books.
No longer does man have a simple life of a few laws or ten commandments. His paradise has been lost. Well not lost but given to the lawyers.
Every time a new law is passed in the United States, some one’s freedom is diminished/restricted.
A mind set has grown that if we pass a new law, we can solve our problems. So we go crying to law makers.
If you feel a sting in your foot, it is probably from the bullet where you shot yourself in the foot.
So how is Paradise Regained???????