An insight is, perhaps, offered by the Wiccan Rede. It states: do as thou wilt, an it harm none. Updated to modern English, it would read: do whatever you want, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone. Note that it doesn’t say “an it harm others.” It says “an it harm none,” which would include yourself.
You don’t have to be Wiccan to appreciate the Rede any more than you need to be Christian to support the Golden Rule. Plenty of people embrace the idea even though they’ve never heard the Rede. So it should be no surprise that the rules at Mountain Laurel tend toward that ideal. We have rules against crossing other people’s boundaries - such as taking property without permission or disturbing their activities - as well as safety rules - such as needing official certification to use the stove or the paper cutter. Rules about whether or not you’ve caused some kind of harm to someone.
It was never stated in terms of the Rede. Yet you could probably shorten most of our lawbook to “Do as thou wilt, an it harm none.”
Sean Vivier, MLSS Staff