The Essence of the Law
(The Spirit of the Law)
20 South Shore Road
New Durham, NH USA 03855
The Essence of the Law
Essence of the Law: The essence of the law is that no man should
injure another; all the rest is commentary.
[Attributed to Thomas Jefferson, US Framer/Founder, Third US President;
Source: A book in the Book Store at Washington University of St. Louis,
St. Louis, Missouri, circa 1970. The quote was described as a
paraphrase of a quote from a Jewish Rabbi. The book was not bought; its
title and author were not remembered. Therefore the precise source is
Injury = Threatening to cause or actually causing to another individual
a loss of life, limb, liberty, family, property, business, honor,
Justification (inre The Essence of the Law) = Defense of self, family,
other innocent individuals, property, business, honor, and
peace-of-mind against all enemies foreign and domestic as well as
NOTE: A right is a justification for action, a reason for taking
action. A right is either granted or seized. If gods do not exist to
grant rights, justifications for action, then humans can seize those
rights for themselves, or agree that governments can grant those rights.
The Essence of the Law Restated: The Essence of the Law is that no
individual should be allowed without justification to injure another
individual by threatening to cause or actually causing to that
individual a loss of life, limb, liberty, family, property, business,
honor, or/and peace-of-mind; all the rest of the law is commentary.
The essence of the law is the spirit of the law which is the
justification, the reason, why laws have been, are now, and will be
written and enacted and enforced.
Q: Why are laws written?
A: To specify that individuals should not injure each other without
Crime = Intention or action by one individual to injure another
innocent individual by threatening to cause or actually causing to that
innocent individual a loss of life, limb, liberty, family, property,
business, honor or/and peace-of-mind.
Inre any Crime, there are four possible types of individuals:
(1) The Criminal—An individual who intends to injure another innocent
individual (the Victim) by committing a Crime and thereby defy and
disregard the essence of the law and thereby do unto that other
individual what he or she would not that individual to do unto him or
(2) The Victim—An individual who is injured by the intentions and
actions of the Criminal;
(3) The Rescuer—An individual who intends to rescue the Victim by
verbally or physically preventing or stopping the Criminal from
committing the Crime;
(4) The Eyewitness—An individual who observes the Criminal threatening
or actually injuring the Victim.
Justification for a Victim to injure a Criminal arises from the intent
of the Victim to defend himself or herself from injury by the Criminal
and justification for a Rescuer to injure a Criminal, if necessary,
arises from the intent of the Rescuer to rescue the Victim from the
Criminal—from injury by the Criminal.
Whether/not a Victim or Rescuer is justified to apply a force beyond
whatever force may be reasonably deemed necessary to prevent or stop a
Criminal from committing a Crime may be a legal matter but the
underlying essence of the law is that a Victim has a right to defend
himself or herself from the threats or actions of a Criminal and a
Rescuer has a right to defend a Victim from the threats or actions of a