Agape: In Search of Universal Love
from the novel, The Lodging for the Rose
Rolf. A. F. Witzsche

Story 24 - Queen of the New Law.
page 172

      Wai-yi explained that the moral law became thereby focused onto the individual level. There, the king's refined law defined severely guarded boundaries. However, the new royal law became thereby a completely separate issue. The new moral issues, no longer pertained to they royal domain itself, and its business. They only pertained to the people's private domain. The lower moral law, for instance, actually encouraged the concept of slavery since the spouses literally owned each other under this law, just as the king owned all the people in his realm in a higher context. The ambassador of this new religion explained the virtues of this law to the king, by which, whenever anyone was found to be stepping beyond their prescribed sphere, which involved a violation of the ownership rights and duties, the transgressor incurred the death penalty as a divine punishment. The ambassador concluded to the king that not even his queen could stand above this law, since it was the law of God.
      The king understood to some degree what this meant, since the queen had made no secret of her love for all the people in her realm, which invariably violated that new law. Nor had the queen imposed boundaries for her affections as this law demanded, but had honored all bonds that love has forged. The king was ell aware that the brightest scholars with the most advanced ideas and perceptions had been among the queen's most closely cherished friends. Those who had enriched her life and the kingdom as a whole, were embraced by her in a richly generous manner, at times even intimately so when this seemed appropriate.
      The king understood that the new law would invariably become the queen's undoing. Although, being a man of a small mind, he couldn't foresee the consequences that went far beyond what the king could comprehend.
      Barely a month had passed when the king became persuaded to mount a show trial against his own queen, under the new law. The trial was ostensibly designed to frighten the population into submission. In order to achieve this, the queen's death sentence was announced at the trial that she could not escape. Naturally, the death sentence was also imposed upon those whom the queen had loved the most. Still, the king could sense that the queen and the people convicted were also the most loved in the kingdom. This posed problem. Of course, the problem was easily solved.
      In order to prevent the possibility of creating a martyr, the king was quietly advised by his 'business associates' to reduce the death sentence to exile for life; which he did. So it was that on the next day after the sentence was announced, the queen was deported, together with the most loyal and the most intellectually advanced subjects of the realm. Being deported, meant that they were placed onto a raft and set adrift on the river that flowed out of the kingdom.
      With the queen now removed, a new era begun in the kingdom. Under the new law, the impediment was removed, against stealing and killing, at the level of the royal 'business.' The so-called 'moral' part of the law, as much as there was any morality left, was deemed applicable only to the people's dealings with one another in their private lives. Consequently it became legal at the 'business' level to cheat and steal, and to cause death for profit, as long as the murdering wasn't done in the private domain in the form of a private killing by ones own hands. Murder by starvation, or in the context of conducting business, was deemed to be the outcome of 'business conditions' rather than as an act of killing.
      At first hardly anyone realized that the newly imposed trend was destroying the kingdom from within. Everybody seemed happy with their newfound riches. No one noticed at first that the best workers in the kingdom, those who didn't escape to save their life when the new law became enacted, were slowly worked to death, or became sick and died of their illnesses for the lack of care.
      After the best workers became used up and were discarded, the lesser-abled workers were put to the task and were used up in much the same fashion. In the background, the insatiable appetite for more profits grew, that the business piracy demanded.

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