posted on May, 19 2009 @ 07:03 AM
Originally posted by sirnex
1. If laws are governed by only those who wish to maintain control over others, then why do others allow them to have control over them?
2. Are most people just followers and unquestioningly do as they are told by those who seem to have more authority?
3. Could it be more out of fear that we follow laws? Are we more conditioned to fear consequences by unseen sources for failure to follow ethically
4. Are people truly living happier lives being forced to give away part of their earnings to someone else who says they have control over them? Isn't
their laws against that sort of behavior for the rest of us?
I feel like I am in my philosophy class all over again and a good way to keep my mind from slowly breaking down over this summer time.
1. Looking to Thomas Hobbes "Leviathan" is it not that they wish to be controlled merely to do so, but rather for the sake of protection first and
foremost (at least that is what I got from it) just as well as "bonding" (I suppose, but would slowly evolve later on) though of course if Thomas
Hobbes' way of thinking were to be taken into consideration.
2. I would question that it probably just depends on what's at stake at the moment which may lead some to follow without questioning. Let's take for
example wartime; an enemy attacks the soil of a country and the nation needs troops to protect the peace and liberty that it once had or wants to
regain it. Most wanting to be patriotic may be swept up in a maelstrom of patriotism and volunteer to serve. Whereas it may not be as strong if it
dealt with something else that lets say; sending aid to another country when their own country isn't doing so well perhaps.
3. Yes, so far in I agree. Most do not want to lose the status that they have built up so far in the course of their life. Whether it be through their
job or their significant other that they have found in their life. Most of the time if one gets hit by the long arm of the law and is either thrown in
jail or has it stamped upon their record that they committed an act; the possibilities of living "the dream life" slowly start to deteriorate.
4. Well in a sense I would say yes and no. Happy in the sense that they know happiness, perhaps if people know that their were better and more
efficient ways in which their earnings could be used and they aren't being used efficiently then their would be some turmoil ( I guess it could be
synonymous with what happened with the banks? ) As much as I know about laws for this country [which sadly I must say is very little] their probably
is some sort of "code of higher standing", but when big figures start to come into play, the ink on the paper slowly starts to become dollar signs
rather than the alphabet used to inscribe the code.
Not sure if those at all answered what you may have been trying to convey in the questions, but I figured I would give it a shot. I also numbered them
so my responses would be easier to find for each question; rather than you having to hunt through the text to find them.