“Oh, I See. You mean that little boys ought to keep their promises. Very True: most right and proper, I’m sure, and I’m very glad you have been taught to do it. But of course you must understand that rules of that sort, however excellent they may be for little boys – and servants – an women – and even people in general, can’t possibly be expected to apply to profound students and great thinkers and sages. No, Digory. Men like me, who possess hidden wisdom, are freed from common rules just as we are cut off from common pleasures. Ours, my boy is a high and lonely destiny.”
“Don’t you Understand?” said the Queen (still speaking to Digory). “I was the Queen. They were all my people. What else were they there for but to do my will.” “It was rather hard luck on them, all the same, ” said he. “I had forgotten that you are only a common boy. How should you understand reasons of State? You must learn, child, that what would be wrong for you or for any of the common people is not wrong in a great Queen such as I. The weight of the world is on our shoulders. We must be freed from all rules. Ours is a high and lonely destiny.”
I think that the passages from the C.S. Lewis book point out one of the reasons that this happens. People start to think that they are above the law and it does not apply to them, because it will hinder them. That they do not have to obey the laws because they know better or are to protect the common people.
When reading this I was reminded of a quote President Nixon said, “when the president does something, it is not illegal”. I think that a lot of our current politicians now have this attitude. They think that because they are progressive thinkers they are above the law.
What do you think? Do you think that our current and past political elite think that they are above the law? Do you think that they know better than we do and therefore common laws do not apply to them.