By Shannon White
It’s only breaking the law if you get caught. This statement is most often made by someone who just got away with something. I strive everyday to be an upstanding, law abiding citizen. I believe the majority of individuals try to live within the parameters of the law, because a society without laws would be utter chaos. With a survival-of-the-fittest credo, society most definitely would suffer the consequences. We might not always agree with the rules, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have merit. Civilization depends on the law.
That being said, if we’re being honest, how many of us law-abiding citizens actually break the law every day? Or perhaps we skate along the boundaries of the rules, oftentimes dipping a toe into the forbidden water before quickly pulling it back to safety. I for one readily admit that I’ve been guilty of such behavior.
Let me explain. I routinely set my cruise control five miles an hour over the posted speed limit because I know the cops usually won’t pull a vehicle over for that level of infraction. I’m knowingly breaking the law and, truthfully, without a shred of remorse. I think most of us can admit to pushing the boundaries of the law at some point in our...