[Earlier posts in this series: No. 1 / No. 2 / No. 3 / No. 4]
From Lon Fuller, “The Rules of Social Order”:
My ultimate conclusion is that, like many different treasured human targets, the rule of regulation might greatest be achieved by not aiming at it immediately. What is probably most wanted isn’t a direct enlargement of worldwide regulation, however an enlargement of worldwide neighborhood, multiplying and strengthening the bonds of reciprocity amongst nations. When this has occurred — or reasonably as this happens — the regulation can act as a sort of midwife — or, to alter the determine, the regulation can act as a gardener who prunes an imperfectly rising tree as a way to assist the tree notice its personal capability for perfection. This may happen solely when all involved genuinely need the tree to develop and to develop correctly. Our job is to make them need this.
I am an enormous Lon Fuller fan; if you’re unfamiliar together with his work, I might begin with “The Morality of Legislation,” which is, in my view, one of many actually nice works of authorized idea. The above citation, from an essay on worldwide regulation, packs a variety of fascinating concepts into a brief and reasonably brilliantly-phrased paragraph: that many “treasured human targets” can greatest be achieved by a sort of misdirection, or averted imaginative and prescient; that the regulation is sort of a gardener pruning a tree “to assist the tree notice its personal capability for perfection”; and that “our job” is to assist “all involved” to “genuinely need” it to achieve that state.