“Said, hey old man how can you stand/ To think that way/ Did you really think about it/ Before you made the rules?” That’s a line from one of my favourite songs of yesteryear, “The Way it is” by Bruce Hornsby. The line resonates with me because there have been so many instances in my life when that was exactly how I felt – asking myself if the people who make certain rules really thought about them before actually making them.
This consideration of whether or not any real thought went into making the rules, wherever it is they apply, leads to the question of who exactly makes those rules. Upon closer inspection, if the original source is indeed a known one, often that’s all it really takes to understand just why ludicrous laws not only exist, but continue to be enforced.
I’m probably venturing into rather shaky territory here, but the religious realm is one in which this question cannot help but pop up. Most of the rules of life we’re supposedly to live by are documented in some sort of religious script, however the logic or even the practicality of the application of those laws appears not to be immune to the effects of time. I’m not going to get into any specific detail, but let’s just say if there was a law formulated back in the days when nobody knew what gravity was or how it works for instance, any rules which were formulated based on a certain interpretation of what we now know as the laws of gravity would naturally come into question, wouldn’t they?
And yet you’ll find people in this day and age enforcing those somewhat primitive laws a bit too religiously for anyone’s good, including their own.
Times change very rapidly these days and development renders a lot of the old ways of doing certain things obsolete, to the point that they’re no longer practical to say the least. Yet the rate at which the corresponding rules and regulations change is much, much slower, lagging far behind and nobody seems to want to fix this system which is clearly outdated and broken.
For example, since we declared the fax a legal document as an argument for its preference over documents which are scanned and emailed, why can’t we just from this point forward declare scanned documents as legal as well?
Bringing the legal field into focus, this is perhaps a very sensitive issue to discuss since everything points to a system which is continuously open to abuse. For one, if you have money then you can hire the best lawyers to fight your case and get you off, even if you’re the one in the wrong.
Fortunately though the very close relationship to money and quality of service in the legal field can be used to the benefit of those who aren’t quite loaded, with the likes of those car accident lawyers who focus on cases where there’s a settlement involved. If their remuneration depends on the outcome of the case, you can bet your bottom penny they’ll deliver the best job possible for you.