Why do we need to follow the law?

Almost everything we do is governed by some set of rules. There are rules for games, for sports, and for adults in the workplace. There are also rules imposed by morality (or ethics) that play an important role in telling us what we should and should not do. However, some rules—those made by the state or the courts—are called “laws.”

Laws are designed to control or alter our behavior, and to help make society a more ordered place. If people were allowed to choose at random what to do and how to behave, our country would be dangerous and chaotic. Laws that govern business affairs help businesses to operate properly, and laws against criminal behavior help to protect personal property and human life.