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Law does not Drive us reason does English 111February 21 1997Is an individual ever morally justified in breaking a man made law I firmly believe the answer to this question is yes If the question was stated as is an individual ever legally justified in breaking a man made law I would have to say no There are several reasons that have made me believe that it is morally justifiable in breaking the law however the most convincing comes from Dr Martin Luther King in his letter from a Birmingham Jail We can never forget what that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal Classic Arguments 668 King went on in his letter to say that it would be against man made law to help a jew in Nazi Germany What King said in his letter has to make a person think that not all laws are good for the group in society and morality is a justifiable excuse in breaking the lawThose who oppose my view on this question may be quick to ask me how come we go by law and not morality in society Last year at St Louis University I had a roommate with the complete opposite view on this question He explained himself this wayHuman nature consists of three basic components These are to live propagate and to dominate If humanity was left without any other parametersthis natural state of existence would govern its behavior Fortunately there are Parameters and they are laws MosierWhat this basically says is that laws are made up to maintain order monitor actions and work for the best interest of society as a whole If their were no laws chaos and anarchy would be widespread This is why society has set up governments To maintain order and to gives us safetyAll of the above sounds good to me however I have written a term paper on international politics that points out where
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