The US Constitution-Specific And Vague Superimposed
The US constitution, fairly simple and straightforward is very specific about “things” in some areas and intentionally vague and open to interpretation in others. Often referred to as a living document, it can even “breath” if seen through the eyes of a twenty first century reality rather than understood with a strict conservative sensibility.
It doesn’t take any special requirements or judicial training to comprehend, just an ability to read and apply what is written to a rapidly changing world created by the effects of technologies and situations never envisioned in the Eighteenth Century. It never specifies that Justices of the Supreme Court be chosen from judges, lawyers, or legal scholars, suggesting they “shall hold their offices during good behavior, and shall at stated times, receive for their services a compensation which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office.”
An interesting document to read that explores the act of governing, comparing it to a game of three dimensional chess, an application of evolving Eighteenth Century thought, institutionalized over a relatively short period of time in a smokey room by a group of men, philosophers at heart, arguing the best way to construct a government enlightened from the benefits of past historical mistakes, portrayals of human nature and corrupted power etched in passionate writings, also a favorite theme of Shakespeare.
It is no accident that the dollar bill contains a four sided pyramid enclosed within a circle, a sphere in three dimensions. Geometrically the base of the pyramid, as the foundation of all power, as its center point extends into space, forming the capstone. At various spacial perspectives, many geometric forms can be seen superimposed in its structure as the number of sides of any polygon, of which the triangle is the first, increases infinitely, approaching the circumference of a circle (sphere), the symbol for the containment of everything. The separated capstone with an eye at its center affirms that knowledge is incomplete and wisdom imperfect when perspective is isolated. However, there are two ways to unite the pyramid – lower the capstone to join the base, or elevate the base to merge with the capstone.
A spirited undertaking when written, the US Constitution, creates balance by the separation of power into three branches, since reasonable thinkers agree, “Absolute power corrupts Absolutely”, recognizing that the force personal ego exerts determines the way its used or abused by manipulating objectivity.
Spirituality, a path that recognizes selflessness as the goal to wield power wisely, also acknowledges that it takes time, experience and testing of individual boundaries to get there. Power exposes the risk of self aggrandizement wherever one finds oneself along the way while signposts consistently suggests humility by recognizing that perfection is not a reasonable goal, although approaching it is.