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                It is difficult, and I would even argue impossible to encounter an academic discipline that is not an example of the law, however, prior to this semester I was naïve to the fact that law has a tremendous influence on everyday life. I did not put a lot of thought its relation to other subjects this until I began my history research essay on Witch Craft in Europe. Interestingly enough, courts and lawyers are not a recent phenomenon. Courts have been modifying what they think is best way is to attain justice, and solve disputes over a long and uneasy course of history.

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Laws are rules that bind all people living in a community. Laws protect our general safety, and ensure our rights as citizens against abuses by other people, by organizations, and by the government itself.  Laws prevent or deter people from behaving in a manner that negatively affects the quality of life of other people, therefore the consequences of breaking the law often fit the crime, whether we can agree with the law or not.  

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Why do we obey the law?   As a citizen of Canada, we obey the law for numerous reasons. To obey the law is to be seen as the right thing to do. Many people obey the law for many reasons. Whether its because of a political obligation where the citizen feels it is morally right to do, gratitude, where the citizens believes they will receive something in return for their obedience, fair play, where the obedience is the price to pay for security, order, and justice, or associative obligation, where we are under an obligation to comply with the norms that govern it.  

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Unlike Thomas Hobbes who claimed that life is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”, I tend to favour the idea that people are optimistic. People tend to look at life from a utilitarian perspective, wishing to seek pleasure and avoid pain. I believe that people want the greater good for society, however, there are outliers with outright bad morals who would take credibility away from my theory of optimism. What must be understood is that I am talking about the greater good of people striving for justice in society.

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            Largely depending on your situation, law is not necessarily something you have to think of on a daily basis. Laws are something created by society, therefore, a child is not born with the innate knowledge to abide by law. Not only do we learn about law as we grow, but we are also socialized into how to conform to the law. Eventually, the law becomes a norm, but when you pay close attention you will notice how often you actually come into contact with the law.  

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