Law in Contemporary Society

What voices do you listen to when choosing your path?

Voices. Your own.

-- By JocelynCazares - 13 Mar 2015


As people we encounter an infinite array of choices, the majority that go by unnoticed and unthought-of, such as the choice to walk on the street rather than to crawl or skip to get around, and the choices that demand the active thought and consideration of people, such as what to do with your life. This classification is clearly rudimentary and imaginary, at best. The dichotomy limits perspective and possibilities. There are not simply two types of of choices that we encounter in life. Moreover, those choices we do encounter are not so easily classified, there can certainly be people in the world who actively engage in the choice of walking on the street and who never spare a moment in thought of what is to become of their lives. Thus, it is necessary to identify this binary as a product of a Western perspective that I am product of. The classification is nevertheless necessary in order to further the question and exploration of the voices that lend themselves to the determination of choice. After all, once we delve in beyond the artificial binary and enter the realm of the infinite possibilities, too much is already lost. Including our limited attention for the unsettled. This choice I am making.

With every choice in life, external or internal, there is an endless set of possibilities and outcomes that arise.

The “Look at Me” choices.

The choices that demand the attention of the people making them. These are the choices that you actively engage and think about because as products of Western society, we have been socialized to believe determine the trajectory of our lives, and thus, must be taken seriously.These are the choices we are taught will determine who we become, as though we only become one thing or person. The choices that will close doors and burn bridges to other possibilities. For how can you choose to become an artist when you could become a lawyer? As though the two were mutually exclusive, or one was better than the other. What makes these choices distinctive is that they are the ones where the most voices, all that you possess and those from others, seem to spring out and demand to be heard. (Of course, if I suddenly decided tomorrow to start getting around the city by walking on my hands, I am sure many voices would arise, though many would go unsaid and rather be communicated physically through looks and body language.) But which of these voices should be heard, silenced, ignored, and ultimately, taken? That's the hard part. Making the choice to abandon the voices that do not resonate with you. Especially for those who have taken to heart that anything that has the potential to determine your life must be a decision made after serious inquiry and thought. Moreover, with these types of choices, whether to be the doctor or the writer, the lawyer or the artist, comes the choice that truly matters, which voice matters. And I don't mean that in a general way, as though only one voice will ever matter, and it will be the same voice throughout your life. But in a definite way, in that moment of decision, given the particular choices and voices, which one will determine what you do. Which one, or ones, will outshine the others. So now how does one go about answering that when the very answer is generated through the evaluation of a series of infinite answers which in themselves are choices.

The Inquiry

So how do we get to the choice? Simple, at least in theory, you say "fuck off" to any voices that are not your own. Not to say that external voices are not helpful, or even vital, to your decision process. But they're cruciality comes in how they inform your own voices. To get anywhere then, the overarching questions, at least for me, must be contextualized, situated in a concrete example in the real world. With that determined, I can look to a series of choices made throughout history, whether it be why a certain president was elected or ran, or why my parents left Mexico for a life in America. However, these choices have already been made, and as such many of the answers to what voice made that choice have been forgotten about. More importantly, they are choices made by other people, and as such all the internal dialogue, the voices they rather not acknowledge go by unsaid so that an honest inquiry cannot be done. Therefore, it must be a personal inquiry if I wish to reach some type of answer, or so I tell myself. Choices, choices, choices. Now, I can speak to a simple example that will generate a relatively easy inquiry and response, something along the lines of how I chose this particular essay, but it’s kind of inconsequential in the confines of the actual essay though it’s responsible for its birth. Choice made. So then it must be not only a “look at me” choice that demands active thought and consideration, but also one that will alter my path in life. There are my choices that I am constantly rethinking and reevaluating: public defender, to do or not to do, or rape, to prosecute or not to prosecute. But those are choices that have been decided for the most part. Sure, I can go back and change my choices, but all the serious inquiry has been done, many of the voices have already been silenced. So then, it must be a choice that has recently introduced itself, so that most of the voices are still present. How do I continue on with the absence of a loved one?

The Answer

Does it matter? The actual voice that dominates this new choice? Absolutely. That voice must be your own, is may seem too personal, too sentimental, too subjective. But ultimately, that choice will impact you the most so we must abandon what we know, what we are comfortable with. Abandon the illusion of the logical and "right." The novelty of listening to all voices, and reasonably come to a conclusion after evaluating them all equally. After all, if we are honest with ourselves, they are usually simply more perspectives and rationales to justify our own choices. Just make the choice, follow your own voice, and continue on accordingly.


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r4 - 29 Jun 2015 - 20:43:56 - MarkDrake
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