Ponderings on the Purpose of Law

Law is for the purpose of ‘cushioning’ where two diverse and valid rights collide and for maintaining a consistency whereby all can safely and in good faith pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  It ought not to be to control or limit rights out of revenge or promote any one group over another through preferential treatment or exclusion.  We all have the right to be who we want to be – until that collides with what someone else wants to be.  I have the right to smoke until I blow it in your face unwanted.  I cannot drive through red lights because others are going through the green ones.  I have the right to dislike or find appalling any behavior of yours and let you know that – so long as I do it in a respectful manner, acknowledging your rights to pursue it.  You have the same rights as me.  These intersect with and run afoul of one another – especially as we become a more diverse society with greater access to divergent opinions and worldviews.  Yet it is in that very diverseness that we find strength and can see ways around issues and reach out-of-the-box creative solutions.  Don’t tread on me and I do not tread on you – which means at times we need to each curtail some of our rights to permit others’ rights.  I am allowed to believe strongly what I believe, and so are you.  It is not discriminatory to disagree.  It is in the discourse of ideas that we come to an understanding of our uniqueness and infinite value as brothers, sisters, partners, friends, citizens of this great land.


“CSS seeks only an accommodation that will allow it to continue serving the children of Philadelphia in a manner consistent with its religious beliefs; it does not seek to impose those beliefs on anyone else.”

Chief Justice John Roberts – 6/17/2021