May 4, 2014 - On Stage or Off

"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts…" William ShakespeareAs You Like It, Act II Scene VII

In Shakespeare's day a man acting a role on stage would hold a mask in front of their face to represent different roles. That mask was called a "person."

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PERSON, n. per'sn. [L. persona; said to be compounded of per, through or by, and sonus, sound; a Latin word signifying primarily a mask used by actors on the stage.
5. A human being represented in dialogue, fiction, or on the stage; character. A player appears in the person of king Lear. Noah Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language. 2014. (emphasis mine)

Legalese is rooted in old English.

Anyone appearing on a stage is presumed to be an actor, assumed to be a willing participant, and assumed to know the act in which they have a role—unless they state otherwise. 

On the world's stage, it matters not that you are a real or unreal. A man/woman—real—who consents to act out a role on that stage is a natural person. A corporation or legal fiction—unreal—on that same stage is an artificial person. An artificial person, having no voice, must be represented by a natural person such as a lawyer. Both are a person, and both are required to follow the script or act (statute) for their play.

Any man/woman appearing as a natural person, such as a citizen, a police officer, a driver, a taxpayer, a judge, a lawyer, etc. is presumed to agree to comply with the script or act as if it were "law." A man/woman who states that they are not appearing as a person, has no obligation to comply with the script or act, recognizing them as simply a bunch of rules which apply only to a person—an actor.

A courtroom too, is a stage set wherein men/women typically appear in the person of a defendant, a plaintiff, a judge, a lawyer, the clerk, or a bailiff, a witness, etc. Your silence is enough to support an assumption that you a person when referred to as one of these persons.

Recently, in the hearing of some 20 witnesses, a man appearing in the person of a judge (a natural person) in a Superior Court of Justice (the stage) in Ontario (artificial person) stated that this court can only deal with a "person."

person is subject to statutes, a man/woman is not—if he so chooses.

Next time when you find yourself on their stage, announce that you're a man/woman, you don't know the act or their script, you don't consent to play any of their roles, and insist on talking to a another man/woman, not an actor. If it is only a person who has filed the case against you its's a wrap! You win! since a per person son can only face another person  If the man/woman against whom you have a claim is not present your claim stands and must be support by a court order. 

Don't try to win against a make-believe opponent

"No one, while shadow boxing, has ever scored a knock out." just steve


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