Ridding a garden of weeds is a never ending task. Removing them before they get too big or out of control is important. Mowing over weeds blends them in but doesn’t stop their growth. The best way to mitigate weeds is to remove them from root to tip, especially before they establish themselves. When left unattended weeds take root, sucking the nutrients and resources from the rest of the garden. Many ideas for laws are like weeds that infiltrate our lawns and lives. Nowhere and no one is immune to the persistence of weeds or poorly planned laws.
What seems like a good course of action initially can quickly change into a regrettable idea. Before we know it the best laid intentions backfire, leaving widespread consequences in their wake. Changes cannot be mitigated or retracted without exasperating problems. Giving forethought to what we allow to take root in our gardens and in our lives is an important step to obtaining and maintaining beauty and balance in life. Neither weeds nor short-sighted ideas take much tending to, they plant themselves, but the effort to rid the landscape of them is impossible.
Just because a plant has petals doesn’t mean it’s a flower. Just because an idea is proposed doesn’t mean it will make a good law. Gardeners and law makers must consider what is important and be selective in what is planted. There is need for many types of gardens and many kinds of laws. A good gardener is able to determine what is a weed and pull it out from root to tip. They tend to the areas that need help without turning their backs on the thriving parts. When weeds are pulled out from root to tip the threat they pose to the rest of the garden is removed.
There has never been a bigger need than there is now for law makers to become skilled gardeners.