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Every system of law is developed by the application of principles to facts. The principles are fundamental truths of the intellectual or moral order which are perceived by the human mind, and affirm themselves to the enlightened reason of every individual. The facts are beings or conditions or relations which exist in the visible or invisible world around us, and constitute or influence the personal, social or political life of all mankind. The proper application of these principles to these facts results in the creation of new beings, in the production or modification of conditions, and in the establishment or severance of relations, whereby the sphere of human activity is enlarged, the freedom and effectiveness of human effort are increased, and the prosperity and happiness both of the citizen and the community are secured.

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