Angus’ Laws

A laundry list of things that I have learned through more than forty years of life experience.

  1. Religion, ideology, and philosophy are but the beginning of wisdom, not the end. There is no religion, ideology, or philosophy that renders inert the inherent responsibility to think and reason for yourself, and anyone who tells you there is is lying to you.
  2. Even the most ordered and organized of societies is the creation of imperfect beings, and will itself be imperfect. Everything has flaws.
  3. Belief in a higher power does not automatically confer enlightenment upon you, nor is it an unequivocal expression of intelligence. It means nothing more or less than that you believe in a higher power. Be humble.
  4. All actions have consequences. Some will be intended, others will be unintended. But there will be consequences. And consequences matter.
  5. With government comes bureaucracy, and with bureaucracy comes the Iron Law.
  6. Life itself is wondrous and majestic, filled with infinite variety and infinite diversity. It is to be embraced in all its forms.
  7. The creation of life is nothing less than a miracle. When necessary the taking of life must be undertaken with regret, with remorse, and with the utmost respect.
  8. Wars are not fought by Prime Ministers or by Generals. Wars are fought by 18 year old kids with rifles, a great many of whom don’t make it back home. Their sacrifice is not to be taken lightly, nor are their lives to be spent easily. Beware the fury of the Legions.
  9. In order to govern with honor, one must govern responsibly, with openness and diligence.
  10. It is imperative that not only our laws but also our policies be blind to differences in race, color, creed, ethnic identity, religious belief, gender (or lack thereof), sexuality, or sexual identity. Our laws and the rights that go along with them apply to everybody.
  11. Put not your faith in politicians. Those who are schooled in the arts of telling people what they want to hear speak with a forked tongue, promising much, delivering little, and consider themselves accomplished for having done so. 
  12. A political party is a group of individuals bound together by a single shared ideology which may or may not bear some resemblance to actual reality. These groups are notoriously rigid in their thinking, reluctant to accept ideas that cross the boundaries of what is considered acceptable thought, and quick to both shout down and discredit anyone who has the intestinal fortitude to think and reason for themselves. Especially if they’re right. 
  13. Ideology is nothing more or less than an excuse for people with closed minds to do what they were already doing: block out any and all inconvenient utterings which conflict with their limited view of how the world works. 
  14. All heroes have feet of clay. This does not mean that they aren’t heroes. It just means that they’re human.
  15. The most successful among us pre-plan their lives to an incredible degree. But if those plans go up in smoke all they can do is roll the bones, just like the rest of us.
  16. Never underestimate the power of a jelly baby.
  17. Is Climate Change real? Yes, absolutely it is. But just because something is real does not mean that we know everything that there is to know about it. There is no such thing as settled science.
  18. There is a difference between fact and truth. A fact is immutable and does not change to suit either whimsy or ideology. Truth, on the other hand, is dependent entirely upon point of view. Mayhaps we should learn to focus more on facts and less on truth, yes?
  19. The Court of Public Opinion is not a Court of Law, and should not be treated as such. 
  20. Just because a person is accused does not mean that they are guilty.
  21. Just because a person is believed to be guilty does not mean that they are. There is such a thing as a false positive.
  22. Heinlein was right: a human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, steer a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently , and die gallantly. Specialisation is for insects.
  23. Everybody lies. Especially about sex.
  24. Animals can be driven crazy by placing too many in too small a pen. And yet homo sapiens voluntarily does this to itself every day.
  25. Heinlein was right: political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious, and lacing in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbours than the other sort.
  26. The one and only true sin is hurting people unnecessarily. All other sins are invented nonsense. (Hurting yourself is not sinful, but it is stupid.)
  27. Heinlein was right: All societies are based on rules to protect pregnant women and young children. All else is surplus age, excrescence, adornment, luxury or folly which can–and must–be dumped in emergency to preserve this prime function. As racial survival is the only universal morality, no other basic is possible. Attempts to formulate a “perfect society” on any foundation other than “women and children first!” is not only witless, it is automatically genocidal. Nevertheless, starry-eyed idealists (all of them male) have tried endlessly–and no doubt will keep on trying. 
  28. A person who has spent the entirety of their life wearing blinders will not react positively when you take those blinders away.
  29. If it feels like you’re being played, you probably are.
  30. If it seems like someone is out to get you, they are.
  31. Never accept an apology from someone who just sucker-punched you.
  32. Belief in God is not synonymous with morality. It is possible to be a moral person without bending the knee.
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