The power of the Law is a double-edged sword

There are fine lines everywhere we look. No one-size-fits-all solutions exist that won’t cause more trouble than they’re worth.

Maybe I just see things from more of a “vigilante” perspective, so to speak. Not believing everything needs to be handled by getting the police involved. People who tend to want to call the cops over everything apparently haven’t experienced firsthand how that doesn’t always turn out the way you expect it to.

Besides, if we’re lovers of our rights and freedoms and believe in keeping government involvement in our lives to an absolute minimum, then we should keep that in mind even in cases when we feel like we’re getting the short end of the stick. Even when we’re lured by the enticement that the State has offered, through enhanced laws, to be our bulldog to check and shut down others we take issue with who haven’t done direct criminal harm to us, simply because we can. With everything there are both positive and negative consequences, and not always in equal measure nor always capable of being foreseen. Sometimes that double-edged sword wielded against others winds up slicing you just as bad, if not immediately then perhaps on down the road.

I’m never telling people not to go to the Law if they really need help and are seeking punitive action for an actual and serious crime that has been committed. Just that we need to be careful about wielding the power of the State when it isn’t absolutely necessary or prudent to do so.

That’s all I’m ever saying. Think about it.

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