Laws: Just and Unjust

Laws are put into place to protect the rights and values of every citizen in a society. Thus, it is widely believed that as members of a society, people ought to obey the law, despite their personal beliefs. However, if certain laws are perceived unjust, people should find the means to change the law. This is because the jurisdiction of laws is vitally important to a society’s health and economic development.If people consider disobeying unjust laws their responsibility, even just laws will not be properly effective. For example, many factories violate environmental protection laws. They dump their toxic materials and chemicals into rivers, shoot dangerous chemicals into the air, and leave toxic waste on “uninhabited” land. The government, and many citizens, would consider that unjust. However, the factories may consider it unjust to not allow them to run their businesses, work or make money. The society loses some of its power of law when others blatantly disobey its set laws. Many laws are considered unjust by some people, but considered just by others. It is often subjectively determined whether or not a law is principled. For any law, there will be those people who think it is just, and those who believe it is not just. However, disobeying laws will damage the foundation of a society. Moreover, it could cause chaos and a great deal of tragedies, such as death and destruction. Instead of disobeying unjust laws, perhaps people should attempt to find other means to fight against them. They could go to the streets to protest, they could voice their beliefs through news and social media, they could even simply spread the word throughout their local communities. However, the most efficient method is through the legislature. Disobeying the law will make you an unlawful person, but by simply trying to change the law through legislations, the foundation of law can be preserved. Some could argue that disobeying unjust laws is a more effective method, that it is easier to put pressure on the government. While this isn’t necessarily incorrect, the passing of legislation is more effective in the long run. Few people have difficulty obeying just laws, although there are some who find it hard to obey laws that negatively affect them. However, it is everyone’s responsibility to obey laws even though they think they are unjust. This does not mean people shouldn’t use other means of persuasion and/or resistance, such as protesting, rallies, and legislation, to change unjust laws. We must strive to obey all laws, even those we deem unjust, but we must also fight for what we believe in and effectively and morally eradicate unjust laws. Only then can a society be truly just.