December 23, 2014 - Permission

LICENSE. In the law of contracts. A permission, accorded by a competent authority, conferring the right to do some act which without such authorization would be illegal, or would be a trespass or a tort. Black's Law 1st Ed.

A licence is permission to do what would otherwise be illegalnot unlawful, but illegal. There is a difference.

As interesting, or annoying, as this definition is, what is more so is the concept of permission.

We ask permission from someone who has a higher authority in a matter than we have. This we are taught (programmed) throughout the school years. We ask permission to pee, get a drink, ask a question, etc., and certainly there is a place for this—but with limits. Without limits we lose our freedom.

Were I to give myself into the employ of another then I agree to give the employer authority over me but only as pertains to the terms of employment.

If all of "humankind" are created equal then from whom, lawfully, do I need permission? 

God has granted us certain rights and few obligations:

"These are the precepts of law: To live honourably; to hurt nobody; to render to everyone his due." Inst. 1, 1, 3; B1, Comm. 40. - a maxim of law.

In general, we are obligated to hurt nobody and to fulfil our promises (i.e. contracts). Or, as God put it, "treat others the way you want to be treated."

Do we, by asking permission, convey or grant authority to the one of whom we seek permission? In my experience this is true.

When I asked an appeal court judge for evidence of the court's jurisdiction her answer was, "You're here aren't you?" The fact that I had requested (asked permission) to appeal a lower court judgement was acknowledged to be my grant of authority, or jurisdiction, to the court.

I don't believe that I need to ask permission, of the people elected to serve me, so that I might get married, have a dog, travel in a private vehicle (bicycle, motorcycle, car, boat, plane), catch a fish, hunt for food (plant or animal), build a garage, etc...  

When we ask permission to do a thing we convey authority over us to those we ask.

Why ask permission to do that which you have a natural right to do? "Stupid is as stupid does…" I'm done being stupid.

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