Well now that the title grabbed your attention, let me elaborate.
Laws are supposed to be for the well-being of the people. In a democratic society, typically laws are voted on by what a majority thinks would be the “right thing” for its people. More often than not, laws end up becoming a wet blanket, stifling the creativity of those law-abiding citizens, and becoming a puzzle of loopholes for those looking to evade them. How often have you seen certain people or businesses skirt their way around the law, or blatantly disobey a law and not get much of a punishment at all. There are little to no consequences for people like that. There are some people who are very conscientious and want to do good, but they mess up and end up branded as a criminal for life. This doesn’t seem fair or conducive to a positive environment that encourages people to do the right thing.
My question is, why do we need a law to do good things? Why is it not the natural course of action to do what is necessary without hurting others? Also, we shouldn’t be punishing people for victimless crimes or something that *might* cause a problem. For example, speeding. How often does someone get a speeding ticket, but they weren’t being unsafe at all. They weren’t texting, playing with the radio, eating, or talking on the phone, they were just moving with the flow of traffic. That person shouldn’t be in trouble. Now the one blatantly weaving in and out while riding someone’s bumper, eating a sandwich and texting, that person is obviously a problem and are seriously putting others at risk. The question I really have is do laws actually prevent people from doing bad things? I’m not convinced.
There are laws against murder, but it happens every day. I know I wouldn’t commit murder whether there is a law or not. Taking another person’s life is totally uncool. I wouldn’t want it done to me, so I’m not going to do it to another. Now the person who does murder, clearly that law didn’t stop them. Most of the time it doesn’t even make them think twice. If they are going to do it, they are going to do it.
I know there is a lot of talk about Trump pulling out of this Paris climate deal. My question is, what’s stopping people from taking their own steps to take care of the climate? What’s stopping business owners from taking it upon themselves to dispose of waste properly, monitor their emissions, and anything else they can do to reduce their own carbon footprint. Oh, right, it’s greed. People want to make the most money they can and don’t care much about the expense. I feel like laws have contributed to this issue.
People don’t like being told what to do, and they certainly don’t like to be backed in a corner, so they rebel. Society has put all of these expectations on people and frankly they are unattainable for the average person. It’s really easy to make life look like a vacation when your life is displayed in still-image increments via social media for all the world to see. What they don’t see are your struggles, your pains, and the effort you put in. Maybe we need to find a way to show those things better. Appreciate the efforts that are put in to get you what you want and where you need to be. Get back to basics. Be happy with a simple roof over your head, be happy with your family. Quit having meaningless sex without birth control and producing children with people you don’t even like. Create deep relationships.
We are all separate now, fighting against each other to see who can climb to the top of the ladder. Once we all become connected, once we all start fighting for each other, it’s amazing what we can accomplish. The thing is, none of this is going to start with Trump, or the Kardashians, or any other figurehead that you might want to attach. It starts with you, at home. Quit worrying so much about what’s going on in the news (which is a royal joke these days) and take care of what you can take care of. Concerned about the future of healthcare? Take your friend to his doctor appointment and help him pay for his medications. Worried about the climate? Ride your bike to work. Unhappy with the food supply? Start growing a garden at home. These are the little things that make a difference, and doing them will make you feel better too. As you start making a positive impact in the world around you, people will take notice. Not only will people take notice, but more often than not, they will start doing some of the same things. This is how we spread love around the world. I can’t make a government official sign a bill (or not sign a bill), I can’t make the healthcare system better, I can’t fix world hunger. What I can do is start at home. What I can do is make a genuine effort to be a better person. I can be conscious of my actions and not accept any less. I can project love into the world. Even if you are a flashlight in the dark cave of infinity, you are still a light. And what if others join you? Along the line, the cave gets brighter until we can all see. Some will be little lights and some will be big, but the end result is all the same. You will be better for it, and so will the world around you. We don’t need more laws, we don’t even need most of the laws we have. What we need is a desire to be better, and on top of that desire we need action.
I challenge you all to take action. Just do something. Do something good for the sake of doing it. Don’t do it because there is a reward, or because it makes you feel special, do it because it’s the right thing to do. Laugh in the face of the law, and don’t do it because you have to, do it because you want to. Don’t choose not to do something just because it’s illegal, choose not to because it would be wrong to do anything else. Believe it or not, our brains know the right course of action. We’re going to screw up a little, and we need to stop blaming ourselves for that. Things won’t always go the way we think, but if you truly tried to do the right thing, you did well. Keep trying and keep striving. It’s up to us, not the law.