Life isn’t fair. And you know what? That’s okay! But, if we can do something, anything to make life a little less unfair and it comes at a very low cost, why not? Every attorney knows evidence rule 403: is the probative value of the evidence being offered substantially outweighed by unfair prejudice. Simply, it’s a balancing test. Even if the evidence is relevant, if it is overly prejudicial to one party, the evidence will not be allowed.
Life is also a balancing test. If I can do something that doesn’t take a whole lot of effort (isn’t overly prejudicial to me) then why not allow it? John Hawkins writes recently about why liberalism is on the wrong side of history:
Liberals dream of one day seeing all Americans permanently locked in the smothering, cradle-to-grave death grip of the nanny state. Nothing excites a liberal more than the idea of controlling where you go to school, regulating your work and play, deciding what type of health care you’re going to have and then deciding when you get to retire and how much money you have when you do. Even if you want to choose, you can’t. Even if you want to break free, you’re stuck. You’re not allowed to make different choices because liberals have made it illegal.
Mr. Hawkins is an excellent writer and an intelligent man. I don’t doubt for a second that he holds his beliefs firm and has come to those beliefs through great contemplation. And that is why I ask this question of him with all sincerity: do you not understand the duties and obligations of being a member of a society?
If you want to be a member of a society, you pay a price: tax. You want to be a member of a golf club? Membership fees. You want to be a member of a gym? Membership fees. You want to be a member of a secret society? Membership fees. These are all forms of taxation. Even John Locke said taxes were necessary for the organization and continuation of a society.
Along with taxes come regulations. We can’t all just run around willy-nilly doing whatever we please. You want to drive a car? You have to have it registered and inspected. Why? For the safety of not only you but also your fellow drivers. Don’t you want the same regulation for airplanes? I know I do. I know I have a sense of comfort knowing every time I step on a plane, not only has it been inspected for problems after construction, there were regulations in place during construction which ensured the proper assembly.
These are the pro’s and con’s of living in a society. You might think the regulations hinder your ability to do as you please (and, they do) but that is price you pay when you sign up to be a member of a functioning society. But I don’t see the regulations as a detriment. Rather, the regulations allow me to not worry about the little things so I can go on living my life, trying to better myself… and the society to which I am a contributing member.