Cakes and the Obsolescence of Law

Aphorism: At a certain level of cakes, law becomes obsolete.

The irony, of course, is that this maxim is itself a law, regardless of the number of cakes present in a given system. But despite the internal tension, the truism holds. Law and cakes are not complementary, as was once thought. They fall along a well-defined continuum, for those who are given no cakes must be disciplined through law, and those who are well-stuffed with cake have no need for legal controls.

This is the very reason Marie Antoinette necessarily had her tête forcibly segregated from her corps. She understood well the power of cakes, but flatly ignored the continuum. She desired a world with both cakes and law, a contradiction that could have been avoided had she paid heed to Lincoln’s timeless admonition: a horse divided cannot stand. She is, of course, to be praised for not wishing to have her cake and eat it too, for the violation of two ancient edicts by one 18th century monarch would be too much for even a Universe as indulgent of Mother Absurdity as ours to bear. But wishing to have your cake and a system of legally-enforceable restrictions on behavior, too is almost as heinous a crime in the eyes of Logic.

adapted from Blueprints for a Sparkling Tomorrow