posted on Mar, 1 2010 @ 01:14 PM
Ok, I need a break from the earthquakes, time to get philosophical.
First of all I would like to start by saying (I can NOT stress this enough), this is NOT a hate thread.
I have many family members and friends in law enforcement and am a strong supporter. Having said that, I am always open to a good, clean debate...but
not name calling or posts that are only done so for the point of spreading hate. Any posts that are derogatory or flaming I will notify the MODS
immediately to have them reviewed. I am sick of this trend lately and that is not the point of this thread.
Okay...done with the disclaimer. Let's get down to it.
I was driving down the street the other day, and as I often do, looked down at my speed and let off the gas. I was approaching forty in a 35 MPH
zone. I glanced in my rearview mirror (again out of habit) just to make sure there wasn't a cop behind me to have caught me in my moment of
distraction before going back to the posted speed limit.
I then laughed at myself. I know every cop in my town and most of them, first of all, would never even pull someone over for going less than five
over, and if they did it would only be to give a warning to slow down. ( unless you were an unlicensed driver or had warrants ) It made me start
thinking about how our society as a whole and myself in particular, modifies our behaviors simply because of the threat of the consequences for
breaking the law. For example, if there was not a posted speed and I could go as fast as I wanted, how would I drive? Would I be reckless? How many
accidents would I have been in by now compared to the one minor fender bender I've experienced?
I know the short answer for me personally would be that I would drive a lot faster than I do now, probably faster than I should, but not dangerous. I
am what I would call a very law-abiding citizen with a VERY clear understanding of what is wrong and right. The worst I have ever done is gotten a
speeding ticket and I have an extremely strong conscious. I once stole a pack of gum when I was about 5 years old. It weighed on me so much that I
finally confessed and went back to the store and apologized. Never done anything like it again. So it makes me very scared to think of what the
OTHER people in this world would do if there weren't any laws....or more importantly, law enforcement.
I bring this up, because I have noticed a very disturbing trend lately of those that shout to get rid of all law enforcement. Now, I do not want to
debate that issue, or the reasons WHY you think it should happen. I want to debate what would happen to our society AFTER. It seems that in our
larger cities we are always teetering on the edge of violence. No, our laws are no where near perfect, and our execution of them is sometimes poor,
but how do you propose we maintain any kind of decorum without our civil and social laws and the enforcement of said laws?
I will tell you what I think would happen: complete and utter mayhem and chaos. I think of the teenage boys that live down the street and how they
are barely reined in now only because of the threat of being jailed. What would they do if that threat or consequence were taken away? *shudder*
I think our society as we know it would collapse into separate *gangs*, which would fall into a sort of hierarchy. It would be the survival of the
fittest, to the extreme. It might take awhile to get there, but I think ultimately it is in our nature to look to those stronger than us to lead, and
those wiser than ourselves to tell us what to do. Without that, we are lost, and the lost then become afraid and the fearful lash out in violence
because they don't know what else to do.