Was walking to the bus today, on my way to Griffith (where I secretly study cos it’s so much closer to home than UQ..shhhh) when I spent a good 20 minutes just thinking about the law, history, art and humanity.
I am constantly perplexed and amazed by the simple fact that our whole society, nay, humanity, is governed by these words that a few select people put into documents. And that we follow exactly how these few documents are interpreted by a handful of intellectuals, sitting on a bench.
I was thinking about Const, with my upcoming mid-sem on Saturday. It’s fascinating how post-Engineers, the entire High Court’s approach to Federal-State immunities has changed. What’s even more interesting is how the effect of such decisions, extrinsic to the words of the actual law, have reached into redefining Federal-State relations. And now, States are grovelling at the feet of the Federal government. For me personally, I absorb all this and realise that if that be the case, our Federal government definitely needs to be stronger and “better”, for lack of a better word.
But I find it all so awesome that all these issues, all these effects upon government arise out of the decisions that High Court judges made decades ago. I absolutely love just how the law pervades everything!
I especially love how through such analysis and all the random time I spend thinking about the law and its effects, my own thoughts of the world, knowledge and understanding of good governance, politics and even humanity in general are shaped. I love how law gives me new perspectives in digesting this big, big world of ours. In terms of pure academic, intellectual pursuit, law does not leave the mind wanting.
The constant development, refining and exposure of the mind that law so rigorously imposes is really just. Ugh. Words do not describe how much I love it. Such an education is something that is invaluable and priceless. It is beyond anything you can find in material textbooks, lectures and cases.
Call me a nerd, but hey. It’s moments like these when I can see past that crazy workload and realise once again why I love law. The hard thing now is making sure these moments don’t come further and fewer as I sludge through law school.