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  • You know, I have been preaching the word and talking about peace here for over a year now, and somehow, most of you just don't get it. So, tell you what, let's just leave beliefs out of it for a second and see what happens.

    The hypothesis is simple enough. In order for mankind to live a more beneficial life, we must eliminate, or at least minimize, the effects of certain traits which appear to be common to all human beings to one extent or another. These traits include, but are not limited to, arrogance, greed, jealousy, fear, and impatience.

    In order to overcome these traits, we need to establish a set of boundaries which will constrain humans from allowing these traits to interfere with others and themselves.

    If you are thinking this disregards the individual's right to self-determination, you are correct. But we already infringe on the individual's behavior in public, so this is nothing new. Regardless of the nation you live in, you are living within a system of LAWS which constrain your ability to act as you wish. Since we agree the word Anarchy is a negative term, we must also agree that LAWS are positive constraints upon which society relies to keep order.

    However, it would appear that LAWS are an insufficient tool when it comes to properly constraining the traits above. For example, I am sure that rape is illegal in Egypt, but women were being raped in public during the recent protest rallies in a public square and there is little hope the perpetrators will be punished by the law. Crimes like this occur daily, and while some perpetrators are caught and punished, many are not.

    It is not that they are not taught the LAWS. Regardless of how impoverished you believe our systems of education to be, LAWS are taught to students both directly and indirectly. One example of direct education in the United States is Driver Education, where we include a specific segment of time instructing the students on the hazards and penalties of Drunk Driving. Yet one of the most thriving areas in the practice of Criminal Defense is defending people who have been arrested for Driving Under the Influence. We know the students have received the word on the LAW, but as they grow older, they choose to ignore it.

    So the problem is not the LAWS, but the failure of the LAWS to properly constrain people from their baser traits. This would appear to be the result of people who do not respect others, and therefore, do not respect the LAWS.

    While there are many other examples to be made, the premise here is obvious, or should be to the most casual observer. LAWS are not sufficient to form a more beneficial society. They must be obeyed and respected by the populace or they are no more than words on paper to illiterate people. LAWS have no meaning unless they are obeyed.

    So since societal constraints are insufficient to create a safe and beneficial atmosphere free from fear and distrust, we need to establish a system of behavior which promotes self-constraint and self-control.

    We normally refer to a system of such self-restraint as Ethics. Ethics are the constrains we agree to abide by in order to create a society that is mutually beneficial to all. Ethics are the basis for LAWS. And again, it would appear by the evidence in the media and other sources that Ethics are insufficient to our needs.

    So now I ask you to respond. If LAWS and Ethics are not sufficient to create a society where everyone is respected for their individual value and potential contribution, what is the next logical step.

    Well? I'm waiting.

    Fred

    By the way, in the examples above I am not in any way condoning of any of the crimes mentioned. For the record, I find both Drunk Driving and Rape abhorrent and evil beyond words. They are two examples of the ultimate disregard for the rights of others, the right to be safe in one's own person from unwarranted assaults.

    FS
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