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In A World Without Rules



I don't think there would be a such thing as 'good' if there were no rules. There would be nothing to compare it to. If there were no models for people to say "okay, this is a good person, and this is a bad person" then we couldn't really say what's good or bad. I think the existence of rules keeps people from deviating from the norm for fear of consequences, but if there were no negative consequences for people's actions, people could ideally, do whatever they wanted without fear of retribution or being outcasted. Imagine there being no consequence for murder or rape. How many scorned people are out there plotting revenge on people, but never act on their thoughts because they fear the repercutions of their actions? I think there are more than you can imagine.

How many times have you been speeding on the interstate, thinking nothing of it, and slowed down because you saw a police car? If that cop car wasn't positioned on the side of the road, would you have slowed down? What if you could steal 1 million dollars and never get caught, would you do that, knowing that stealing is "bad behavior"? I think people are only as good as their options. People weigh the pros and cons of their decisions and if the pros outweigh the cons, then they act on their decision. If there weren't any cons to consider, people would act on whatever thought they had without considering the repercutions, because frankly, there would be none.

I personally think the world would slip into chaos, people would be animalistic and act based on their instincts. Morals, values, justice, and guilt would cease to exist because people wouldn't have been taught to feel remorse or sorry for their actions. People would do what makes them feel pleasure and avoid pain. Ultimately, I think with humans being the dominant species on the Earth, we'd cause so much destruction that we'd ruin the environment and eventually destroys ourselves. I don't think people fully understand how much laws and rules make up the way we live.

All in all, the world is a much better place with the rules and laws that we have in place. No matter how often people complain that the justice system is flawed and geared towards the wealthy, without the system in place the world would be a much darker place.


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I'll Be Gone In A Sec on February 17, 2017:

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Queen bee on January 17, 2017:

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kaitlyn on October 05, 2016:

this really helped with my essay

caitlyn on June 09, 2016:

this inspired me

Unlit on May 22, 2016:

There will not be a world without rules. Without rule humans cannot exist. Rules are learnt by humans from nature. Gravity, our height, unable to breath underwater, one seed having only one plant, etc all are dominated by rules. Even war and chaos which seems to be a lack of rules to help or bind people, you can find rule. People are ultimately trying to impose one's rules on another, be it a country or a foot soldier. Everyone "HERE" has a rule. It's inescapable.

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saadi D phoenix 20zzz on February 21, 2016:

wow , what an amazing story to tell or essay to give in ... Million dollar article . Perfectly written without an objection at all ...speechless

Daniyal lone on August 31, 2015:

I was speechless after reading this.....!!!!!!

ashita serrao on August 20, 2015:

a very beautiful essay truly depicting the topic ......

gareth withers on November 12, 2014:

do you really believe that the world will become bad? What if a child is raised originally into a world of rules and then when rules are taken from the world how will that child react? will they continue to abide by the rules they were raised with or will they change and become a different person?

Atifa on August 12, 2014:

good read. Thanks

juhaina on July 10, 2014:

thanks for giving me this good explanation for writing my essay

david brave shafudah on May 31, 2014:

thanks for the good motivable has inspired my mind..salute yha......

Roderic Williams (author) from 757 on May 23, 2014:

Good question, what are the advantages?

Roderic Williams (author) from 757 on May 23, 2014:

I agree and disagree with your statements. There wouldn't be a "need" to steal, but people have this flaw called greed and those who have the most are often the most greedy. So I think theft and embezzlement and con artists would still exist to a degree. I agree it does start with education, this world would be a much better place if people taught acceptance and tolerance instead of hatred, but that's the world in which we live.

Roderic Williams (author) from 757 on May 23, 2014:

Thanks so much, glad I could inspire you because I've been inspire by countless other writers. Maybe one day yours will do the same for someone else.

boss on May 21, 2014:

no rules i would go to the mall and take evry thing i want

68416 on March 21, 2014:

Your story is good it inspired me to writ an essay for me AVID class keep writing your stories

Milan on November 26, 2013:

"No matter how often people complain that the justice system is flawed and geared towards the wealthy, without the system in place the world would be a much darker place."

If people were all living in same conditions, there would be no need to steal, since you would have everything others have. The law is there to protect the wealthy cause things tend to balance them selves out. Since the wealthy don't want to balance out with the poor people, they need laws to protect them.

It's all about how you teach people. If you teach children to trust people they will, if you teach them not to, they won't. They are learning from mimicking others. Your children will learn from you, if they can't learn from you, they will find someone else to mimic. That's why society is the thing that shapes us.

Deepanshu on July 06, 2012:

where are the advantages

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