As we’ve increasingly become a culture where everyone does what is right in his own eyes and looks out for himself at the expense of others, the force of law has stepped in to regulate our individual and common lives.
Virtue forming influences of family, Church and societal expectation have gradually disappeared in our nation as we’ve become a culture of law.
The shared virtue of honor, for example, once played a greater role in our common life. But as people began to show less respect toward each other, maintaining civility became the work of law enforcement and we’ve become more dependent on social authority.
We must recognize that expansive social authority over individual conduct is a poor substitute for a culture of honor and respect.
Law is more of a negative and consequential force than a positive and preventative influence. I realize that human flourishing will always require some degree…
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