April 07, 2006

Horse 525 - Following the Rules

Occasionally you'll see reports on television of off the rail kids who have been sent to some form of extreme discipline school where as if by magic they learn how to fit in and become productive people. The kids themselves also often tell you that the experience was good for them... huh?
If you look at a herd of wild orangutans and remove one of them from the group, eventually the one that's been removed without a social structure by which to define themselves will resort to really strange behaviour like banging their head against trees or even (dare I say it) consuming their own scat. Why is this?

21st Century post-modern society that can't be bothered to read or even learn to cook for itself has taken the general philosophy that whatever you want to do is right for you, and then it wonders why crime statistics go up and there's a prevalence of fat kiddies who either have ADD* or discipline problems. Do people realise that they're a product of their environment?

Rules and regulations usually have associated penalties that occur when you break them. Speeding in a motor vehicle carries a fine, but more importantly unregulated driving if people didn't keep to their side of the road or obey traffic lights would result in death.
Adultery before the invention of abortions and the contraceptive pill would result in an unwanted pregnancy in some cases which is a heck of a change in life. Remove the consequences and we see other bizarre circumstances like this week the statistic that children of a single parent are 77% more likely to engage in cannabis use. The surprise here is that anyone was surprised.

As society moves further away from respect of the laws and regulations it ironically becomes a nastier and more unsafe place. Also ironically and I'll use the example of our road scene again, people despite not obeying the rules still feel aggrieved if someone else violates them. We feel annoyed that someone cut in front of us in line, or that people get off lightly for serious crimes like murder and rape, we feel saddened if people are wrongly accused.

If whatever you want to do is right for you, then it should follow that murder, rape, theft and lying are perfectly right for the murderer, rapist, thief and liar to commit. We all know that it's not and guess what, it's inbuilt.
Humanists will argue that if we're violated personally then that's a survival mechanism, but it still doesn't explain why the aggrivement if we're unconnected. That is unless...

You can tell who drew a picture by the style of the drawing. People hold a pencil differently and will have slightly different techniques. You could almost say that the drawing itself in an oblique way shows proof that the artist in question drew it. Take this to its extreme and yes handwriting analysis is acceptable as forensic evidence in court.

Now either this inbuilt sense of justice we have either proves the existance of a creator or it doesn't. If it doesn't then I fail to see what evolutionary purpose it serves because if its right for the person to do whatever they want and not follow any rules at all, then it follows that if everyone was built exactly the same way, then no-one would be aggrieved when the rules are broken.

Is our inbuilt sense of justice one of the hallmarks of a just creator?

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