As we progress and advance in a very demanding world, there is a need for new
laws, rules and regulations in small and large environments. Without these new
controlling institutions, life would probably be far more difficult and people
will do what they like whenever they please.
There are rules and regulations
everywhere. In schools and institutions of learning, the young have to observe
the rules instituted. Likewise, in the workplace, employees and employers have
to abide by the regulations of employment. At social and family gatherings too,
there are unwritten rules of behaviour to comply with. In our homes, parents
make house rules for the children such as the time we should be home, when to
watch television, the friends we may go out with and how long we may speak on
the telephone, and more.
Rules and regulations are necessary to ensure the smooth functioning of
society. Without them, chaos would prevail
as everyone applies their own code of conduct. The code implies that certain
expectations are demanded of us if we are to live peaceably in society. Rules
ensure that there is fair treatment of workers and fair play on the playing
fields. They ensure that no person or group may take advantage of others and
there is respect for one another's rights and property. It makes for harmonious
living and forms a basis of discipline so that children can be guided and
Although some rules may appear to be childish and ridiculous such as the
penalties imposed on those caught littering and soiling lifts, these are
justifiable as there is evidence of thoughtless and inconsiderate people. It may
seem unfair to the quiet, peace-loving majority of the community, but without
the existence of rules and laws, respect for human life may come to
nought. Thugs and gangsters may rule the day
and secret societies dominate society if laws do no prevail. It may also mean
that strong countries will intimidate or
take advantage of weaker ones.
Therefore, even though we may find some rules hard to accept, we have to
acknowledge that they are essential as they do contribute to better living.
Without laws and legislation, freedom would not be possible.