The three fundamental laws are the laws derived from the Holy Trinity. According to these three laws, there is not just one force that runs the universe — the physical force. Mechanistic rationalism presumes that only this force exists; and because it provides powerful interpretive mechanisms to assign meaning in the absence of intention or purpose, it has seized the imagination of modern persons to the exclusion of the other two laws. Yet the other two laws are vitally important; because as we shall see, without them, it’s impossible to understand the full context of law in the universe.
Because these two laws are based not on reductive physical properties, they can’t be analyzed using instruments, but they lie behind the two phenomenon least explained by the mere existence of the physical: intelligence and agency.
Briefly put, intelligence is discernment or understanding. Discernment and understanding can only exist in a relationship: without being to discern, the action isn’t possible. By itself, it implies awareness. And understanding has a similar property: it only arises in the context of relationship between what understands and what is understood. In both cases, there is a cause and effect that arises from agency: an agent that discerns, and that which is discerned. An agent which understands, and that which is understood.
Each of these properties clearly has something to do with Being, that is, a being that is more than just physical. Material things alone do not have the property of agency in this sense, because no awareness or discernment drives them. They are simply reactive. So here we see that in addition to the physical, which is simply reactive, once one adds intelligence, there is a perception that exists apart from what is a reactive and acts within contexts related to what it perceives.
In the examination of agency, a motive force arises. This is a wish, or an intention. The agent does not just perceive; it has a desire to act. This particular law, the law of desire or wish, is roughly equivalent to emotion. So we’ll examine three fundamental laws in the following order:
The law of Love (Emotion)
The law of Intellect (Mind)
The law of Matter (Physical Existence)
Lee van Laer is a Senior Editor at Parabola Magazine.