I am not a lawyer – certainly not yet. But just wondering and just thinking, how do lawyers celebrate this day? I may have some idea springing from my experience as a law student.
Suppose there is a class today in one major subject, like Remedial Law, Political Law, etc. which the professor calls the “big day” or a “make or break” recitation to make up in your class standing. The professor is well known for giving bad grades for recitation when someone is called and absent. You know for a fact that he calls everyone in at least one round per meeting. You have been terribly making unsatisfactory answers in the last three meetings. You flunked the midterm exams. You need some grades to catch up. But it is also Valentines Day. You need make up with your girlfriend because you have not yet seen each other at least personally since the midterm exams. You feel that she is in the verge of give you up. You love her so much that it’s like waiting for a lifetime just to be with her. What would you do? Would you choose to study for the big-day?
Terrible, isn’t it? Just kinda thinking of a parallel scenario with lawyers.
There are court hearings today. You have at three clients set for hearing the whole day and three clients set to meet after dark. The cases were all critical. The clients were all prominent figures who might give you the break you need. But you also wanted to make up for your wife and treat her for this special day. You kids will be home early because it is exams week for them and they are dismissed early. What would be your choice?
Things like that are what we call “flavors of life”. People are so attached to so many things. They forgot the most fundamental of all – life. Will the kind of decision we make give us life? Yes. And it does matter a lot. Choosing between “live to work” or “work to live” is irrelevant. You still had to choose from living and working. Living is not actually a choice, as well as dying. We may choose how we live or die, but it is not for us if we live and definitely not for us to defer death.
To a (soon to be) lawyer, Valentines Day is an ordinary day for extra-ordinary persons. The critical choice one has to make is “who would that “extra-ordinary or special person” he would want to be with? Some may say “celebrate later”, or “it’s just for teens or youth”. Why? Have lawyers surrendered their youth and enthusiasm?
For me, I will have to spend my time, no matter how slim and narrow, with my wife and family. As most law student and lawyers know, the Family Code emphasizes the permanent nature of marriage hailing it as the foundation of the family. It is this inviolability which is central to our traditional and religious concepts of morality and provides the very bedrock on which our society finds stability.Marriage is immutable and when both spouses give their consent to enter it, their consent becomes irrevocable, unchanged even by their independent wills. (Melcampo-Sin vs. Sin, G.R. No. 137590, March 26, 2001). The State recognizes the Filipino family as the foundation of the nation. Accordingly, it shall strengthen its solidarity and actively promote its total development.Marriage, as an inviolable social institution, is the foundation of the family and shall be protected by the State. (Constitution, Article XV, Sections 1 and 2). So the choice should have been simple had we gone through the basics.
Lawyers should not choose between law and love. They are one and the same. But should they be different according to the circumstance, one should choose love. You can never go wrong.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (I Corinthians 13:13)