The Laws Of An Established Legal System

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Legal normativity constitutes an idea that one must abide by the laws of an established legal system. Logically, it follows that sanctions are a necessary product of legal obligation as it confers both upon the legal obligation a sense of authority, and upon individuals an incentive to submit oneself to such rule of law. However, when viewed from the perspective of Natural Law theorists, such as John M. Finnis, whose belief of an ultimate end, or good, in life is that of social harmony, legal obligation is predominantly an adverse form of moral normativity. Through this formal system of behavior control, not only are law-abiding citizens separated from violators, there is also an implicit division between the lawmakers from the general…show more content…
Subsequently, under the assumption that there will be violators, sanctions are employed to distinguish law-abiding citizens from the former. However, sanctions go beyond generating mere distinctions between the two groups; sanctions also creates a physical divide through incarceration of violators. Locked away in penitentiaries, violators are rarely allowed to associate with mainstream society, and even after being released, these individuals generally have a hard time reintegrating into society. Unlike the more obvious distinction between law-abiders and violators, there also exists a division between lawmakers and the general public. As mentioned previously, laws and sanctions are commonly enacted by the officials of a formal government. Throughout the entire process, from substrate to product, the general public has a small voice (if any voice at all) when it comes to matters of legal obligation. Even a government that labels itself as a Democratic system, which infers a notion of social harmony, is only deceiving itself and its citizenry. The reality of it is that society is composed of a silent majority (the people), whose values and beliefs are not accounted for by government officials. Further, there exists a divide between the ignorant and the expert. Those who are ignorant to the law are unable to decipher the meaning of various legal terminologies, which
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