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by narmanious on October 30, 2015 - 10:40pm

You wake up. You overhear the reporter from the television next door. The Purge has become a reality. “The first Sunday of November marks the annual Purge. All crime will be legal and emergency services will be suspended for 24 hours.” You are a student, an inactive one. The choice is yours flight, or fight.

We need laws to guide us to prevent the human race from living in a dystopian society. Why do we obey the law? Some say out of fear of consequence, we need order to prevent chaos. Humans will do what is necessary to survive. Others will state we obey laws because they are based on morality and shared values that society has.

Laws are emplaced in order to guide, regulate and structure a nation’s social normality. Why do we obey these laws that are emplaced? Some may say out of fear, and social pressure to conform to civil human behavior. Majority of people who brake social norms are normally ostracized within a community, and are commonly fearful of their retributive consequence. Others may say it is due to moral behavior. Common saying such as “Treat others the way you want to be treated” or “led by example and people will follow”. It can also be as basic as caring for your safety and the safety of others.                

As a society there are laws that are collectively agreed up, such as murder, sex crimes, fraud and more.  We often struggle to understand the difference between legality and morality.  An action can be legal but morally wrong and vice versa; an example of this would be, Adolf Hitler legalizing the gruesome events that happened throughout legalizing the gruesome events that occurred throughout Germany and Poland. However, what happens if we disagree with a specific law? When disagreeing with a specific law one can set out peaceful protest, raise awareness or communicate before acting on the civil disobedience. If any of the following is done in an unlawful manner, it is then considered as a criminal act and subject to penalization. Unfortunately riots and violent protest are necessary for change. An example of this would be in 2012 a riot was necessary for Egyptian government to change from being dictatorship to democracy. We give power and authority to those we trust.           

As members within a society we normally give up our right to governance or be subject to prosecution. Therefore we must follows the laws of the community. Without governance of laws and a legal system the results are havoc and chaos within any community. Do we follow every law? Realistically no. Not everyone obeys the laws of jaywalking, underage alcohol or consumption of narcotics. The laws in which is commonly disregarded by people are unregulated or without weight. As a citizen of a community we are technically obligated to follow the laws of the state all the time. But there are socially acceptable circumstances when we don’t need to obey certain laws. Any criminal action can be committed when is involved duress (forced and immediate fear of one’s life). Another acceptable situation is underage drinking at a family gathering (a custom). The French allow children at the age of 12 to have a glass of wine with their dinner.

Today we live in in a society where the law has power and authority over a community. Today we don’t give a consent to governance in writing but in actions.  And today we give the power and authority to the people we trust.  To obey the law is our civil duty.   


You have very interesting points and ideas that I think really reflect our society today. I think your point about our society becoming a dystopian society if laws are not enacted, enforced, or followed. Most people think that would never be possible in a society like Canada, but Canada relies heavily on laws to structure society, and if this social control suddenly is no longer relevant, the society will head downhill very quickly. Also, I agree with your point about there being universal laws everyone follows and can agree on collectively. However, there are cultural practice and social norms of different societies that lead to the creation of laws that might not be accepted as valid in another country or culture. For example, polygamy is not acceptable in many Western cultures and is banned by law, but other countries in the world see it as acceptable and normal, and so there are not any laws banning it. I really like your point about the law being our civic duty, and think that you could even add on that it could also be our civic duty to disobey the law. If the law no longer reflects morals, values, and beliefs of society, it is up to the individuals to make a point that the law should no longer be accepted.

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