“The sun is up, what is dangerous here
Why did no one stop us from chasing our tears”
Alec Ounsworth (of the indie band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, 2014)
The law system functions using a legal/illegal distinction that allows society to criminalize and thus lock away particular causes behind illegal acts. In no way is the illegal side itself meant to be annihilated, because a larger presence of this side will lower the chances for such acts. The law system is an indirect outflow of a system of morality that seems to have become normalized within the religious system over the ages, most notably through the confession.
Ever since the ebbing away of God’s undeniable presence exercising the practice of confession has been delegated to psychology and psychiatry, or therapy and medication in the broadest sense, where a feeling of and trust in strong personal health would replace proximity to God. To this comes, that this shift could only have occurred with the ultimate law in mind, which is personal death. As crude as it may sound, it would seem as though we accept that ‘factors of concern’ are removed from society because we accept our (fear of) personal death. This death, of course, includes the death of loved ones, since we lose part of ourselves with their passing away.
Our acceptance of the current law system relates to the health-filter that largely determines our outlook on life. Societal health depends on how effectively and efficiently potential risks can be diminished, just like bodily health depends on an unyielding need for healthy choices as temporary antidotes to death. Our bodily functioning becomes increasingly a matter in our hands instead of in God’s or the body’s own. Only in case personal death would be eradicated from the conscience of citizens – a situation that is very unlikely to occur within the next two centuries – the acceptance of our system of laws would weaken accordingly.