reply to post by gwydionblack
Too much today is focused on preventing crime and thus people get in trouble for not actually doing anything and thus their rights are
restricted. Thus nobody learns from their mistakes and thus we can not evolve from that structure.
Maybe if you looked at it from another's perspective ?
In other posts, from memory, you've said you're young and are not a parent ... so you're going to have to exercise your imagination here for a
moment or two. Alternatively, you could postpone your consideration until later, when you are a parent
But, either way, let's say it's Gwydion's kids who're innocently playing in their yard one sunny day when a guy decides to exercise his freedoms
by downing a few beers and taking his car for a spin to test his new burbly muffler
Ooops ! Screeching. Fence smashed. Blood. And kiddies' toys crushed beyond recognition. It was all so fast ! How did it happen ?
No-one will ever know, although the tow-trucks and police and insurance investigators and paramedics would be able to hazard a good guess
Won't matter to Gwydion though. He'll be too sunk in despair after burying his children to care. The driver will be tried and will do some jail
time. Maybe he'll learn, maybe not. If not, as soon as he's released, he'll get busy exercising his freedoms again, as soon as he has enough
money for more beer and another car
Laws are usually written after an event ... or six. It's sometimes called 'learning from past experience'. Sometimes it's called
'predictability'. At other times, it's called closing the gate after the horses have bolted. I've even heard it called 'pre-emptive strike'
Whatever the case, laws are written to protect the majority, to protect the rights of the majority
Except, each of those who comprise the majority has his/her own version of 'freedom'
But hey, you can't please all the people all of the time
You can say
you would never allow your freedoms to impinge upon mine, but you'd be setting yourself a difficult task, don't you think ?
I mean, what if you decided your freedoms included holding a noisy party until 3 a.m. ?
You might not consider your party to be noisy. But your neighbours might disagree with you. Which is why in most places, there's a curfew as far as
noise goes ... usually you're supposed to keep it down after 11.30 p.m
You might believe your freedoms include tuning your car in your driveway. Again, your neighbours might believe you are disturbing their peace and
depriving them of the freedom to enjoy living in their own homes without the necessity to wear ear-plugs
You might believe your freedoms include walking around naked, but others might believe you to be a blight on the neighbourhood and may believe the
sight of your nakedness has destroyed their children's eyesight
All this and more is why we have laws and why people are required to obey them or suffer the consequences