Executive and legislative

One of the friends asked:

What do you make of ‘Abdu’l-Baha having written:

“This House of Justice enacteth the laws and the government enforceth them. The legislative body must reinforce the executive, the executive must aid and assist the legislative body so that through the close union and harmony of these two forces, the foundation of fairness and justice may become firm and strong, that all the regions of the world may become even as Paradise itself.” (Will and Testament, 14)

First, this shows quite clearly that Abdu’l-Baha is addressing a two-part structure, not a monist structure. Second, that these two parts are intended to be in harmony, not competing. Third, that the name of one part is ‘House of Justice’ and the name of the other is ‘Government.’

So far, so good: the meaning is unambiguous and comes from the actual structure of the paragraph, without depending on the meaning I attach to a particular word. But I double-check for consistency (I assume that Abdu’l-Baha does not contradict himself: intelligent people rarely do). Is there anywhere where Abdu’l-Baha says the House of Justice is the government, or the government is the House of Justice? No. Is there anywhere where he says that government or the House of Justice should be done away with, or is temporary? No. Is there anywhere where he says there is a fundamental conflict between them? No. Could words like House of Justice and Government have different cultural meanings? Not really.

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