Society is based on rules and laws. It could not function well if individuals were free to do as they please. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Overall, I agree with the view that laws and rules set down by the government are necessary for the well-being of society. Society would be in completely chaos without due restrictions.
There are two reasons for this. Firstly, as the earth’s resources are limited and there are not enough to satisfy everyone, low provide the necessary criteria to help people to address conflicts of interest. For example, property law helps citizens to identify properly ownership, and help them to avoid fights over a piece of land or personal property as was common in early history. Secondly, laws and rules force people to live up to their obligations. Without the deterrent effect of heavy fines, drivers would be more likely to exceed the speed limit, despite the possibility of hitting other cars or pedestrians. Similarly, without environmental laws and regulations, more factories may discharge toxic sewage directly into rivers and lakes, resulting in serious ecological consequences.
On the other hand, although laws and rules are cornerstone of an orderly society, regulation should be a means rather than an end. It is possible that some laws and rules are so harsh that most citizens feel their rights are violated. When this happens, the government should respect the will of the majority and change these laws and rules.
In conclusion, I believe that the rule of law is essential for any properly-functioning society because it makes society more stable, efficient and fair. Nevertheless, laws and rules should be changed if most citizens believe that they are too strict, so that laws and rules can be enforced without denying citizens the freedom that they deserve.
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