“You know, we wouldn’t need laws if people just did the right thing.”
There are so many laws addressing and governing our behaviors anymore that they’re practically meaningless and generally unknown. The people paying close attention to the law are mostly focused on the reinforcement of or the avoidance of same. And here’s what we’ve been attempting to do with all of our law writing: To make it as clear as possible what the right thing is.
Certainly not to the person who already knows what the right thing is.
So, we’re writing laws to inform those among us who don’t know for themselves what the right thing is and we expect them to agree and adhere to those laws that (someone elses) have written to be right.
Now, I know, it’s not only the good among us who can get elected & write laws.
So, we have good laws, bad laws, archaic & out of date laws, and interpretations of all these by lawyers arguing. And we wonder aloud where our sense of community, fairness & mercy have gone.