WHAT GUIDES US?
THE PRESENT MOMENT
One of the essential conditions for conquering inner freedom is the ability to live in the present moment. We cannot genuinely exercise our freedom if not in the present moment. We have no influence over the past, something we cannot change a single comma of; and any imaginary scenario in which we try to relive some past event we regret or consider a failure (I should have done this or that…) falls of its own weight. There is only one act of freedom we can suggest regarding our past: accept it as it is.
Nor are we able to control our future: We know very well that no matter what our forecasts, plans and promises are, it takes very little for nothing to turn out as we thought it would. It is impossible to programme life; we can only welcome it one moment after another.
In the final analysis, the only thing that belongs to us is the present moment: only in this environment can we consider free acts and make real contact with reality.
THE SEA AND THE OCEAN
In Law, everything can be one thing or the other, and sometimes even the opposite, and they all look alike. Confusing sometimes.
In matters such as Law, subjectivity is unavoidable. However, there are important limits to what the recognition of this subjectivity implies, limits to the scope for variation in the interpretation of facts that we presume jurists, for instance, will respect. Hence the importance of an early and accurate diagnosis of the legal situation at hand.
Less is more. A hypothesis is all the better when it explains more with fewer theoretical elements. This peculiar razor argues that when two hypotheses explain facts equally well, the simpler one should prevail. Ockham’s Razor says that the simplest solution is the correct one. We should avoid looking for overly complex solutions to a problem and focus on what works, given the circumstances.
THE BIG PICTURE
The great photograph of life. Understanding a situation as a whole rather than getting bogged down in specific details. To see the big picture is to look for the essence of something and not be distracted by details that can be confusing.