How Does the Law Actually Affect Your Life?
We don’t often think about the real effect of the law in our everyday activities, even though we have a general understanding of what the law is and why we need it to regulate people’s conduct and keep us from being overrun by lawbreakers. But to the average person, what is law? What is the effect of law on our daily lives? Is the law only something that’s of importance to those who want to break the law? I will explain in this article some of the ways laws affect us every day in basic ways, and also the essence of the law. Many individuals only think of the law as being there to protect them and their interests from criminals, and never think of the way it affects their daily lives. They simply believe that the law will function to judge and sentence those who break the law, and that the will of the people, as expressed in the laws, will be carried out. This is a very simplistic view of the nature and function of law and how it affects us every day. If we think a little deeper, we realize that the Constitution sets the boundaries within which the government must operate when it makes laws to control the inhabitants of our country. Going deeper yet, we see that this affects the workings of the government and, through its laws, the way the country itself is run, which does have an effect on what we do and how we do it every day. Going down to the local level, the laws affect businesses and services that we use, so that our jobs and just about everything else in our lives is affected in some way. So is the law just some faraway force that operates only when someone breaks it? Not at all. Nor is the law a distant power limited to courts and constitutional questions. Rather, the law has a wide range of operation that reaches into society and legislates its organization and its daily functioning, so it regulates not only criminal activity, but also each person’s business situations and personal conduct.