The Equator — subtleties of law reach a value score

‘The rule of law as a values score’ 2016 (Light valence: equal balance?)

This is a brief attempt to capture what can elude easy description, but is no less real. We often speak of the rule of law as an intangible untouchable: intangible, perhaps, because it defies easy rhetoric; untouchable, nonetheless, because it is caught within the essence of our human being, and a sanctity of something special and non-negotiable, namely ourselves.

Such indelibility has the quality of ink running and drying on paper: a clear mark of impact, traceability and permeability. Values such as these: the light and dark of contrast, colour, composition and content bring together a distinctiveness that is recognisable as a picture in its own standing, and, equally, is identifiable as fashioned by human hand, thereby safeguarding a presence of personal untouchability in its wider intangible dispersal.

The rule of law is perhaps that imaginary equator running around the world, whereby we recognise differences in our terrain based on our position to it, but nevertheless also see its overall impact as a patterned reality across the world in terms of variation in seasons and wider wind and weather pictures.

Much has been made of the Coriolis Effect, including how water may vortex differently depending on whether a wash basin drains on the imaginary equator, or above and below it, in the Northern and Southern hemispheres, respectively. Such subtleties of turn may elude the naked eye, but the sense of an encompassing circumference to our world and our own lives remains.

In all times of great change and in the developing creases of knowledge and continuing vortex of persuasion, the abiding human-formed rule of law circumnavigates both the individual life and the exceptional circumstance to provide a clear line of purpose and composure to our intangible selves that is linked most directly to an integrity of what is always untouchable to us.

The above was inspired by playing with ink, whilst admiring a picture of Melozzo Da Forli’s ‘Angel Musician’ fresco, and coupled with the realisation that we compose our wider harmony with what is there. Da Forli was known as a master of foreshortening in order to lend perspective and angular focus.

’The rule of law as a values score’ was the working title to a brief pipette experiment in letting ink run and flow to equal degree in different colours. The subsequent brush strokes allowed certain colours to merge and others to separate as a moment of light subtlety. Artists often pronounce value in the shape and contrast of what they hone, but their mark remains indelibly their own. It is this direct link between human hand and rule of law that makes intangible untouchability a force for progression and constancy, whatever the finer subtleties at play.