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"MED LOV SKAL MAN LAND BYGGE"

Today I would like to give you something to think about on the basis of this picture, that shows you the Court House of Copenhagen at Nytorv in the heart of the city.
I suppose some of you will understand my indirect meaning with this post, which I won’t comment this further, I just post this picture and write the note about the thing I would like you to take into consideration.

The quote you can see here at the facade of the Copenhagen Court House is an old, but wise one and one of my favourites in Danish history. The quote "Med lov skal man land bygge" means freely translated "Countries have to build with laws". It is taken from the foreword of Jyske Lov (Code of Jutland) written in 1241, almost 800 years ago and under the reign of King Valdemar II Sejr.

And too right Jyske Lov was, legislation is the foundation of every country and not only of countries also of other kinds of places where people are or come together, such as clubs, societies, associations. They all have their own laws, or rules. Written as well as unwritten. Rules that have to make clear to everyone what’s allowed and what’s not, so no one will get confused and misunderstandings can be avoided.

But are such laws and rules absolute? The answer is never! Just as for example rights never are absolute: everyone has the right of freedom of speech (at least in Danmark, Holland and many other countries), but this doesn’t mean that everybody has to use this right whenever it pleases the person concerned (indeed, just another reference to another not further commented recent occurrence). This right has to be adapted to the situation and people therefore have to think about the consequences their opinion will have.
And the same can broadly speaking be applied to law and rules, they have to be adapted to the situation in which they are needed and they are not absolute.
But maybe even more important is the right people have to defend themselves against legislation, to defend themselves against possible mistakes, injustice or just to explain the situation so they can demonstrate they weren’t wrong and their act wasn’t against the law.
It’s so easy to report someone for any kind of violence against a law, especially in cases that are hard to prove. Therefore it is so important that in a constitutional state both versions of a case from the two different points of view are getting heard. So that both have the opportunity to explain their version of the case. And afterwards the blindfolded Lady Justice can give her verdict, according to the law, but even more important, as said adapted to the situation.

So the moral of this story: Legislation and rules are very important and can’t be missing in any country or club, but they can never be absolute and must be enforced justly and adapted to the situation.

I hope you will think about this note, let me know me your opinion and point of view.

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