Story 24 - Queen of the New Law.
The king of the East was young and powerful, but the kingdom was also in trouble by an invading force that had crossed its borders in the North. The king, therefore, regarded their arrival as something more than a miracle. He saw it as an answer to his prayers for a solution to the crisis. Against this background the exiled queen and her advisors proposed a daring plan that must have appeared like
suicide to the king.
She urged the king not to counter-attack in this
situation, but to do the opposite. She had been told by the king's own military leaders that the invading armies had been judged to be too numerous in strength. Her concern was that too many people would die in a struggle that would accomplish nothing. She said that an attack against the invaders would assure the greatest tragedy the kingdom could suffer. She urged the king to surrender the northern regions,
but to do it slowly with protracted negotiations. She told him, that at the same time he should send other messengers who should urge the people in these regions to
escape from there, in order to save their lives, and to burn their houses and their fields before leaving. She assured the king that the invading armies would be weakened by the winter rainstorms, that she was told turns the country
of the North into pools of soggy quagmire, the kind in which horses and wagons get hopelessly stuck, and in which people get ill without proper shelter. The queen then proposed to the king to ready his armies for an
eventual counter-attack at the height of those winter storms, but not defeat the invaders. He should offer them food and sanctuary, and so rescue the
She told the king that killing his enemies would lead to revenge. Moreover, if he were to invite the invaders,
disarmed of course, into the country as his guests, and utilize whatever skills they might posses, he would have gained a resource with which to further develop the kingdom, while his enemies would be deprived of that resource. She told the king that he would likely gain many times the equivalent value of what would be destroyed by the invasion.
As it was, the queen turned out to be correct in everything that she had proposed, because the entire war unfolded precisely as she had forecast.
She then persuaded the king to employ the invaders to build canals and dikes for the kingdom, and to clear new fields for their own use, and to build themselves houses. "After three years," said the queen, "those who would still wish to return to their own country should be allowed to do so, and those who wished to stay should be invited to bring in their families as well.
So it was, that a potentially ugly war became avoided. The queen was elevated to become an acting queen once more. By a royal degree she was made equal in status in every respect to the already existing queen of the kingdom. The king even helped her to research the origin of the cruel law by which she had been condemned to death in her own land. The end result of the research was just as everyone at court had suspected. The cruel law, for which she had been exiled from her home, had been a total perversion of a fundamentally natural and beautiful law. This natural law had urged the people to respect one another and to honor the bonds they had established between one another. The undistorted law contained no references to sex, age, status, or numbers involved in a bond of love between people. The law merely urged people to honor all human bonds, regardless of their shape and form. It was a law of love; the essence of love.
This newly discovered, real law, soon became the law of the land. It didn't become law by the force of a royal
degree, however. It became understood to be a law, because adherence to it enriched everyone's life. This law became also embraced by the kingdom's guests of the armies of the North, who were now vigorously enriching the land and were building a richer life for themselves than they ever had, laboring alongside everyone else.