posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 11:24 PM
Laws are put into place, in part, to protect people, both from others and from themselves. Oh yes, and to protect the interests of what's commonly
known as "the hierarchy". In some places, this could include any powerful organised religion.
The way I see it, many laws that are in place, really don't apply to me. Too many examples of this to list here, but I'll run a few by you. I no
longer drive, I don't go out much, so the laws regarding driving don't affect me very much. I'm basically considerate of others, which means that
my neighbours don't call the police to complain about the noise of loud partying issuing from my place.
Now when I was younger, I obeyed most laws for one of 2 reasons. Either they fitted in with my conscience, so that was no hardship. For example,
thieving is wrong according to my conscience. So is any form of exploitation, which includes child abuse and anytthing else along those lines. And as
an employer, I paid my staff well & provided far more than minimum amenities & safety standards. Thus I was dictated to by conscience, not by the laws
already in place.
Other laws, like breaking the speed limit on a safe stretch of country road [when I had a car], well I tended to obey those out of fear of being
caught and punished. Yes, I paid the penalty at times when I disobeyed! I think you get my drift.
Other laws that I deemed ridiculous, such as smoking ganja, well I disobeyed these on a regular basis, but in a careful manner so that I wouldn't be
found out. I've downloaded copyrighted music, which is illegal too.
In my activist days, I was known to break through police barricades, I took part in unsanctioned demonstrations, & as an animal rights activist, I
took part in the breaking into research labs & releasing the animals that were tortured in the name of cosmetics testing. I've incited & taken part
in strikes for improved safety for workers. By the way, I was prepared to go to jail for any of those had I been caught.
I guess it's pretty easy for me to obey the laws. For starters, I'm no longer a young thing, & I was never a violent person, so being charged with
assault was never on the cards. I don't know if this answers your question, but it's the best I can do at the moment.