Principium Volume II, Book 10, Quote 1040, 1042, and 1043

1040. (12-8-2010) Long experience (history)ATJ makes more discoveries touching conveniences or inconveniences of laws than is possible for the wisest council of men at first to foresee. And that those amendments and supplements that through the various experiences of wise and knowing men have been applied to any law must needs be better suited to the convenience of laws, than the best invention of the most pregnant wits not aided by such a series and tract of experience….This adds to the difficulty of a present fathoming of the reason of laws, because they are the production of long and iterated experience which, though it be commonly called the mistress of fools, yet certainly it is the wisest expedient among mankind, and discovers those defects and supplies which no wit of man could either at once foresee or aptly remedy….It is not necessary that the reasons of the institutions should be evident unto us. It is sufficient that they are instituted laws that give a certainty to us, and it is reasonable to observe them though the particular reason of the institution appear not.

- Chief Justice Sir Mathew Hale, 1609-1676 – Criticism on Hobbes Dialogue on the Common Law


1042. (12-8-2010) Our days upon the earth are but a shadow in respect of the old ancient days and times past, wherein the laws have been by the wisdom of the most excellent men, in many succession of ages, by long and continued experience (the trial of light and truth) fined and refined, which no one man, (being of so short of time) albeit he had the wisdom of all the men in the world, in any one age could ever have affected or attained unto.

- Sir Edward Coke, 1552-1634


1043. (12-8-2010) Conceptions [such] as “natural selection,” “struggle for existence,” and “survival of the fittest” are not appropriate…in social evolution, the decisive factors not the selection of the physical and inheritable properties of the individuals but the selection by imitation of successful institutions and habits. Though this operates also through the success of individuals and groups, what emerges is not an inheritable attribute of individuals, but ideas and skills – in short, the whole cultural inheritance which is passed on by learning and imitation.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1978


(Take over education, no longer teach the history of civilization, become the default guide for the future of the civilization. Each generation is a possible point of deviation, a new beginning, if you will, without instilling the history of their country into their minds, the youth cannot consider whether the institutions that have been set up are appropriate or not, and they can be convinced that something completely different may work better. But without the validation of experience, those ideas are just guesses in the dark.)ATJ

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