Actual Law for Actual Life

by GriffinCochrane on October 2, 2015 - 10:32pm

     Life isn't exactly a court room. We believe that, like fiction, our life will have an encounter with law in a serious sense at regular intervals. However though the character's actions and emotions are analogous to reality, the situations they are in are quite different to the true nature of a person's relation to law in everyday life. As non-fictional [Citation needed] humans, we don't usually have regular encounters with those involved with law, save for those on probation or with a social worker. Even so our life is influenced by in a rather large sense everyday. We don't steal. We follow the "rules of the road". We don't punch random people. These may seem like very obvious things to people, but that's kinda the point. These rules are so ingrained into society that it just seems like just social norms. The law is an invisible force that influences every action we do on a subconscious level. We incorporate the consequences and knowledge of law into our actions into our ideas. Though we know the law exists, we don't see physical evidence of law all the time. People are arrested almost daily, but it's rare to hear about it. Court cases go on everyday, but we only ever see it on Judge Judy. We know those sirens of police are going somewhere, be never seem to stop and ask where and why. And even sometimes when we do encounter police on the road we just kinda wonder where they are going, feel slightly inconvenienced, and keep driving. But why do we do this? Why do we subconsciously filter out that the law and its many appendages are a real a relevant thing? Because we want to not think about what happens to those who defy the law. We are scared of the law, so much so that we purposefully decide to shove it to the back of our minds. Thinking about why the police were called can lead to serious panic. Someone might be dead. Someone might be held hostage. Someone might be about to get a traffic ticket. Someone might have pocket dialed. We don;'t know. But everyone wants to assume it's nothing bad. Because in some senses not knowing is better than knowing. We may see on tv what happens to someone who jaywalks, but we don't want to find out what might really happen. For this reason the law keeps us just knowledgeable enough about it to not do something to go against it; but not so knowledgeable of its power, having us be able to push it to the back of our minds. This is the true part of what makes law so invisible. This delicate balancing act of not making us panic and worry about its power and consequences, but also making us be in fear of it enough to dare not even think of defying it in any serious manner. We are all happy to go along with it though, as the law keeps us safe under it's large, invisible wings.

~ Griffin Cochrane


I find it very interesting how you claim that the law makes the public aware just enough to not rebel in any shape or form. In a way this is true but we as people don’t repress the thoughts of what could happen if we defy the law, we are well aware of the consequences that can happen if we commit any crime. Can the law truly be an invisible force? or do we make it one in order to not feel controlled by a higher authority? I agree with the idea that we as people do not have regular encounters with the citizens who work to keep the law controlled and present. But that’s because, we oblige by these rules subconsciously. Ethical Rationalism is a form of Deontology theory in which, “moral truths are knowable a prior, by reason alone.” ( As humans, we are born with a common sense of what is right and wrong. Ultimately the law is based on these senses and written clearly for everyone to act upon to keep society functioning well and safely. Reason is what makes us different from the other species and it allows us to work freely with no limitations to our knowledge. Having reason, gives us the moral obligation to oblige by the law that is a social construct and this comes naturally.

- PinkTurtle

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