Re: 'Nice' Murderers. How 'Nice' People Kill.
The problem of anything written is that as soon as it's written it makes it possible to corrupt. "The map is not the territory", as some famous military leader once said. That means as soon as its written down you can twist it around, squeeze it until unrecognizable because the written word is not actually the thing it symbolizes - it's just a combination of letters. That's how bureaucrats get away with breaking every thinkable law you can imagine: if it's written down you can always find a loophole - in fact; the more laws written down, the more loopholes you get.
De Maistre defines the dilemma perfectly:
<a href="http://www.geocities.com/integral_tradition/divine.html">"THE DIVINE ORIGINS OF CONSTITUTIONS</a>
From Joseph de Maistre. Essay on the Generative Principle of Political Constitutions (1810)
The more we examine the influence of human agency in the formation of political constitutions, the greater will be our conviction that it enters there only in a manner infinitely subordinate, or as a simple instrument; and I do not believe there remains the least doubt of the incontestable truth of the following propositions: -
1. That the fundamental principles of political constitutions exist before all written law.
2. That a constitutional law is, and can only be, the development or sanction of an unwritten pre-existing right.
3. That which is most essential, most intrinsically constitutional, and truly fundamental, is never written, and could not be, without endangering the state.
4. That the weakness and fragility of a constitution are actually in direct proportion to the multiplicity of written constitutional articles."(My emphasis.)
This is the reason ORAL tradition is the STRONGER tradition compared to a WRITTEN tradition. As long as its oral it's a LIVING tradition; everyone whose tradition it is is LIVING it all the time - it's continuous. The moment you start WRITING it down it's a dead tradition and it starts stagnating, decaying and degenerating. A sure sign a tradition is doomed to fall apart is the need to write it down to save it. If people don't have it in their mind, heart, blood, soul; if people don't LIVE their tradition it's dead.
Three things are sacred to me: first Truth, and then, in its tracks, primordial prayer; Then virtue–nobility of soul which, in God walks on the path of beauty. Frithjof Schuon