Morality verse Law.
Society is ruled by morality and law. In a perfect society there would be no laws – only morality. But humans are imperfect and therefore society is also imperfect. Society has developed over the years from a morality (religious)base towards a law based system of governance. In essence where morality ended, judge led laws were developed to safeguard the ruling classes initially but as populations have grown, to protect society in general. Judge lead laws were not enough to cater for bigger picture amorality e.g. the slave trade which was legal, incredibly profitable but totally amoral. So Parliament stepped in and managed to make it illegal – a typical example of where morality ends, the law has to pick up and rectify the problem. So: we have three bases for a good society, an inbred and trained morality base, judge led laws set by precedent and parliamentary laws developed to pick up the residual issues not covered by the previous two.
How has morality developed in British Society
Morality evolves from four areas, history/religion, parents, school/training/university, Government and society itself (as long as living conditions are benign and comfortable).
Maintaining a moral balance is very difficult as it is necessary for the above to be in balance and work together. Amoral parents, hijacked or poor education, can and will create pockets of amoral/criminal behavior but in a diverse society this can be controlled and brought back to the norm through intervention and the will of the moral majority.
The greatest threat to society is an unaccountable and amoral government. One only has to mention the first and second world wars, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Franco et al to understand this point. Unlike the infinitely small breakdown in an individual’s morality which can be brought back on track via education or incarceration, an out of control government is a great danger to all citizens in a country and for neighboring countries.
What can throw this balance out of kilter?
Growing amorality within the population.
Absolute power by the ruling classes.
The creation of endless laws to control every aspect of life – AKA as America or Russia or the EU.
A judicial system that is not separate from the absolute power of the ruling classes.
Wealth accruing into fewer and fewer hands.
Vast, unaccountable to anyone, global corporations.
Politicians bought via lobbying.
A vast number of restricting laws that replace morality with obedience.
Growing amorality within sectors of the population
The causes of this are many and varied. One parent families, dependence on drugs, alcohol, the DSS, an aversion to work, criminal behavior. Mental illness in the community which is not been properly treated. Religious differences, immigration without integration, racism – which goes both ways, apartheid in ethnic communities towards British society. Now as a final development political correctness which allows a very tiny minority of our society to restrict freedom of speech.
The British education, social services and charities systems have to handle this huge task.
The Reform Party watchword will always be our morality. As a people, we will always care for the weaker, provide an equal platform for success for the majority and ensure that the strong do not allow greed to skew society to the advantage of a tiny elite. The family unit is the foundation of society. Making sure our children thrive and do well in society is absolutely vital for our common destiny.
We should all belong to a “group” of one flavour or another. Some are very local, others supranational. Join in with group activities, promote harmony and solidarity.
Give and take, repay debts or favours, honour agreements, understand people are imperfect, so accept an apology when they let you down.
Stand up for yourself or those weaker than you. Accept that one day you may need to take a risk to help someone out. Be courageous.
Understand that society is built on a hierarchy, it always has been and always will be. So respect, loyalty and obedience for those superior to you is a necessity for society (no matter how big or small) to function properly. This works both ways – those at the top have the same obligations plus a duty of care for those in their employ.
Respect and care for our elders, they built this country, they have made it what is is today.
If we have the resources we should look after strangers, we should not pre-judge them or put obstacles in their way to success. But the stranger must respect our society, abide by our rules and embrace our culture.
In any society there is only so much that can go around, so we should do our best to ensure that resources are divided fairly according to effort. We have to accept that we will have to negotiate, compromise and agree how this is done.
Ownership rights to your lively hood or property are crucial, everyone must respect that stealing or damaging these is totally unacceptable.
Man allows nature to exist. Unfettered exploitation of nature will very quickly leave us with an empty world devoid of the massive diversity created by nature. Our survival is contigent upon natures survival, so we are obligated to protect all species dependant on man.
We run our home budgets responsibly, income should always be less that expenditure leaving some over for savings. We only borrow capital to buy property, cars, tools and machinery because it facilitates our existance. We must never borrow to spend on consumables as this is a road to ruin.