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What is a cultured based upon the rule of law?

Thursday, 2 August 2018 11:59

A culture based upon the rule of law is primarily that: a culture. That is, a community awareness in which people adopt an idiosyncratic attitude with respect to the world around them about the way in which members of that community establish relations with each other, as well as about the expectations of that community, collectively and individually, with respect to the manner in which these interactions should take place.

Each culture has its particular way of seeing life itself and its transcendence, its own way to interpret the world.  In the case, a culture based upon the rule of law implies that among the members of that community prevails a degree of community consciousness in which each person knows and expects that all relationships with their peers and the community at large are to be governed by the fundamental principle of respect for the rights of others.

That is why the iconic phrase of Benito Juarez has a profound and always present relevance: "Respect for the rights of others means peace."

From this perspective, it is interesting that the very existence of a culture based upon the rule of law relies in no small extent on the fact that each member of the social collective, both individually and also as members of that community, ascribes to this fundamental principle.

 In this sense, a culture based upon the rule of law is the cornerstone of legal certainty and social stability, because it is only based upon this community consciousness about the respect for the rights of others that it is possible to build institutions that may guarantee the always needed correction of deviations from the rule of law.