Backwardness of law

Solved: The Problem of Indeterminacy in the Law

It’s not a problem of language. It’s a problem of writing:

Socrates makes the point in Plato’s dialogue [Phaedrus] that writing will not help in the search for truth. He compares writing to painting — paintings look like living beings, but if you ask them a question, they are mute. If you ask written words a question, you get the same answer over and over. Writing cannot distinguish between suitable and unsuitable readers: it can be ill-treated or unfairly abused, but it cannot defend itself. In contrast, truths found in the art of dialectic can defend themselves. Thus, the spoken is superior to the written word!

Michael D. Coe, Breaking the Maya Code 14 (2012).

The trouble is, if you don’t write it down, then you must enact people.