Second Law: The Prosecution

So, last post, we left Bean and Bugs in a legal pickle.  Bean had taken in Bugs without the upbringing, education, and licensure mandatorily required by the Second Law.  The prosecution was about to begin.

By great good fortune, our duo drew Judge Richard Arnold, now returned to the bench as the most venerated member of the Feline Judiciary.  Judge Arnold’s opinion is here reproduced by kind purrmission of West Thomson Reuters Publishing Company.  

Synopsis of the Result:  The sentence was pronounced.  Bean produced the report as ordered.  The Legislature amended the Second Law of Kindness.  Peace, justice, and ecology were restored to the Bean-Bugs household.

Here is Judge Arnold’s opinion.

Before the Court is a case requiring interpretation of the Second Kindness Law.  Absent interpretation, the Legislature could not have intended the harsh result.

Context is everything.  The Second Law follows the First.  The First holds that mere common or garden-variety kindness is not enough; it must be augmented with the jet-fuel-class Concentrate of Kindness embodied in the understanding that is Empathy.

The Second Law furnishes the particulars of how First-Law Empathy is to be achieved.  It requires (1) A plenitude of gentle fostering, inculcated by the likes of esteemed Professor Tigger; and then (2)  Rigorous testing, to ensure the buffing-up of Empathy’s sinewy muscle, for when the going gets tough.

What is less clear is how the Legislature intended to resolve the classic dilemma:  How may fundamental natural law be applied?  What is the balance to be struck between gentleness on the one hand and muscle on the other?  When proper fostering and education in these matters has not been provided or enjoyed?

The law contemplates augmentation and mitigation in the appropriate case.  This is that case.  Bean needs to educate herself in boundary-drawing.  She must find a way to empathize with, understand, and honor the being, the very soul, of her charge Bugs on the one hand – while also understanding her own needs with similar insight.  These include protecting her Cod-given right to the sanctity of her own person.  She must be able to keep and bear arms, to deploy and defend her sacred person when threatened – in this case, by Bugs when his nature has got the better of him.

Bean is therefore and hereby sentenced to six hours community service.  She is required to do research and educate herself on boundary-drawing.  She will thereafter prepare a report, which report shall be afforded due consideration by the Legislature.

From time to time, Bugs must be contained.

It is so ordered.

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About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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13 Responses to Second Law: The Prosecution

  1. It does take a lot of work to get humans trained up right so they can properly be owned by a cat!

  2. nadbugs says:

    Oh, the hours. The patience. All involved must consult Fergus for guidance. Remembering that even Fergus has poison patches.

  3. Eleanor says:

    I’m glad your sentence was not too harsh. Are things getting back to normal now that the court case is over?

    • nadbugs says:

      Things are coming back in line, thank you for asking — but we’re still tangled up in paperwork from the trial. Must get that report out. Maybe over the weekend. Yes, isn’t it so, about the sentence. We were really lucky in drawing Judge Arnold. Cheerio.

  4. Bugs looks to be content with his part of the judgement, how about the Bean?

  5. Bugs, I feel that is a fair decision. But you should have demanded ham as part of the settlement.

    • nadbugs says:

      Bugs: DOH! [paw to forehead] No. Hang on. This is not my fault. The real question is: Why didn’t Bean hire you as our lawyer? You see? This is what happens when we have to depend on Beans to take care of stuff. They’re OK with litter and other below-stairs kinds of tasks. On a good day. Otherwise? Please.

      Bean: Huffle. I have enough on my hands without having to keep track of Bugs’s ham needs too. Kindly keep your bright ideas to yourself. No, it’s too late. I hear him hollering in the next room. You have a lot to answer for.

  6. lifewith4cats says:

    @Huffle and @nadbugs: Its dialogs like these that make me thing you would make a good cartooninst for the sunday paper. Move over Jon and Garfielfd… The Bugs and Bean are here!

  7. Melanie says:

    I would totally read the Bugs and Bean strip.

    And boundary drawing with the critters… such a good idea for peace of mind. It’s not something that comes naturally to me – I’m far too much a softie, and they know it! So if you DO come up with some great boundary-drawing tips, please do share!

  8. nadbugs says:

    Working on it, dear Melanie, believe me, working on it — though the strain of doing something I myself find so scary might get me before it gets him. This boy is some tough nut. This morning my Big Noise In The Bed was augmented by The Really Big Awful Noise In The Sky — but not before more blood; mine, i.e. — was drawn yet again. Sigh. And more-than-BTW, many many thanks about the Bean & Bugs idea. Wouldn’t it be, like, awesome.

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