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Do you believe you have an obligation to comply with "the law"?

How far do you believe your obligation extends?
Only to those "laws" you agree with, or all of them?
What about "laws" which would require you to do something you know is wrong, or "laws" which would forbid you to do something right?
Would you sacrifice your ethics, morals, or religion to "the law"? If not, what happened to your obligation.

I recently heard someone say they had an obligation to comply with the law, and it instantly sounded ridiculous to me. But, as with all ridiculous utterances, I ponder them to try to understand why someone would say something so ridiculous.

The "reason" I come up with is that it sounds "reasonable" to people who have come to mistake "the law" for what's right and good. It sounds civilized. It may even feed upon their belief in a "social contract".

But to me, it sounds like someone going along with evil for convenience and so they don't feel the need to actually think and weigh their actions.

I am freer, feeling no such obligation whatsoever. Yes, I'll "comply" when a cop is watching, just like I'll "comply" when a mugger has the drop on me. But that's just a survival strategy in the face of armed reality, not really compliance.

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You have an obligation to comply with reason and morality, not the law. To be righteous should be the main objective of everybody.

Yes! I have an obligation to be moral and ethical regardless of the law. The law is quite often not moral or ethical. There's a ton of law outside of the very narrow scope of violent crime. That's not by mistake either. Most laws are designed to rob or control people. It has nothing to do with keeping the peace or protecting individual's property.

Great article thanks for sharing your thoughts, going to follow for more

I have an obligation to behave in a moral fashion. I have no obligation to comply with laws I had no hand in making.

Turn in all the slaves. Its the LAW!

Of course, the "law" also demanded that you catch and return runaway slaves. And it made slavery "legal" to begin with. The "law" is disgusting.

There can be no institutional slavery without the enforcement of the State.