What if the amount of regulation and legislation was the cause of
the absence of morals?
In my experience, excessive legislation tends to allow individuals (and society as a whole) to abdicate their own responsibility to apply moral judgement. Over time this leads to the attitude that we can do anything we can get away with, within the rules. Professions that were once governed by their members' judgements of right and wrong (and their peers' approval and disapproval), are now regulated in everything they do. Wrong-doers get away with it if they tick the right boxes, whereas innocent mistakes are punished. In this environment, the distinction between right and wrong becomes a technicality. When you take responsibility away, people stop exercising it.
I might be being naive and I doubt we can ever go back, but does anyone else feel the same way?
I'd love to hear your thoughts, either way - examples too. Please comment below.
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