Monday, July 25, 2005
Law and all that
To consider an analogy, we can think of the process as solving a definite integral problem. The dependent variable is partly calculated by a predefined functional dependency on the independent variable, but is fully evaluated given its constant of integration - something which depends on the context of the problem. So identical integration problems may yield different results because this constant of integration might differ from one problem domain to another.
Similarly, blind compliance to laws means that we're not putting a legal guideline in perspective, that we're not looking at the history and the whys, that we're just deducing from codified text something which a computer can do cheaper, faster & better.
As we take it easy each day doing our bit & doing it legally, perhaps sometime - Sundays maybe - we should ponder on whether we stopped at being legitimate or actually fostered the case of justice.