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Enforcementof Morality through adoption of Stringent Laws

The society continues to demand that people behave in a morallyaccepted manner. Contrary to such expectations, incidences of immoralbehaviors are reported. Strangely, through the introduction of laws,people tend to act in ways that obey the regulations for fear ofrepercussions associated with defiance (Green, 2013). The argumentthat is presented highlights the conceptof the law and its ability to dictate moral behavior. The first sideof the issue is that moral behavior is an intrinsic act that is notdefined by environmental factors such as laws of the land. Peopleconduct themselves in accordance to what they perceive is rightwithout relying on rules. Because of the same, cases of good behaviorare a common occurrence even in situations where the impact of thelaw is minimal. I believe the law cannot be used to impose morality. My interest in the topic emanates from the fact that people havedeveloped a tendency of conducting themselves in the right manneronly in the presence of regulations. Individuals who findthemselves in a state where there are no rules tend to violate thesocial codes of conduct. It is unfortunate that people have failed toembrace the concept of acting by what is right without necessarilyrelying on stipulated regulations to do so. Social justice requiresthat one behaves in ways that depict the highest degree of integrityregardless of absence or presence of laws (Green, 2013).

The second side of the issue points to the need to have laws as ameasure to dictate moral behavior. Legislation has been efficientwhen it comes to dictating how one should conduct themselves. Peoplefear the repercussions that would follow after acting in an immoralmanner. Throughout time, laws have become an essential tool inbarring people from conducting themselves in an adverse mannerprimarily because they are aware that they would have to deal withthe subsequent consequences. My approach on the issue is thatindividuals should not rely on laws to behave in the right way.Despite the effectiveness of legislation in dictating proper moralbehavior, it is prudent that people embrace healthy ways of living inthe society without depending on laws to act right. The interest inthe topic arises out of the fact that people should be reminded ofthe significance to conduct themselves in a socially responsiblemode. Through the same, it would be possible to achieve cohesion inthe society such that people act by what is right and is expected ofthem.

Persuasion is essential in reminding people to embrace soberness inhow they conduct themselves. Laws are in place to serve as a guide tomoral behavior but should not be the determining factor on how onebehaves (Green, 2013). It is critical to persuading individuals toadopt good behavior regardless of the prevailing laws. Through theadoption of such an attitude, it would be possible to eliminate caseswhere one has to watch out for back before undertaking a particularissue. It is an indication of the need for people to consider theapproach of not relying on laws to behave in a moral manner. Theaudience is all those living in the society. Good moral behaviorshould be a characteristic of every individual residing in aparticular society. Convincing people on the identified view willhelp promote good behavior that is not defined by laws.


Green, L. (2013).Should Law Improve Morality?. Criminal Law and Philosophy,7(3), 473-494.

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