Why Do We Have Rules?


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Most human societies and cultures have rules to ensure a certain level of fairness and safety for their citizens and inhabitants. Rules and systems of implementing rules allow human groups to function despite friction between members.

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Why Do We Have Rules?
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Rules exist on multiple levels, and not every society shares the same rules. Rules are ultimately based on a culture's value system. Over time, some values become ingrained in the culture as methods of determining what one should or should not do, called morals. A governing body can turn rules into laws by making a declaration of illegality, usually including a punishment if the law is broken. Some rules can hurt members of a society, but without any rules, there could be no effective way to ensure that people are treated equally.

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