The Legal Environment of the 21st Century: A New Frontier
For millennia, humans have governed each other through various laws. Whether issued by a presiding monarch or ratified by a legislative body, all laws have one thing in common: they are designed to make sure that everyone lives in peace and in harmony with each other. They attempt to curb all illegal behavior as well as level pertinent punishments on those that decide to defy the edict.
Unfortunately, understanding the existence of law is much more cut and dried than actually fully comprehending all of the parameters of these legal proclamations. Every day new laws are passed throughout the world, some of which are designed to confront issues previously not addressed, while others are intended to either clarify or replace existing legislation. To add a further complexity, the Internet has created a totally new field in online law, where some laws now govern but are almost impossible to enforce.
Most people might give up in despair at this point, feeling that it is impossible to come to grips with the legal environment of our day. Law is meant to clarify the legal boundaries of various behaviours in civilization, but the bewildering complexity of many new laws makes this objective a near impossibility to achieve. Even worse, the realm of online law is so difficult to enforce to its fullest extent that the thinking person might give some serious consideration as to what is the point of even having such laws on the books if they are impossible to enforce.
The answer to this situation is twofold. First, the better read an individual is in law, the better that they are able to understand what the turgid prose is attempting to say. Second, even though they might not have read every single law, they are more in tune as to what new laws might say or are more fully equipped to understand the intricacies of online law. After all, society continues to march forward, and so should everyone’s understanding of the laws that govern our land. Everyone should make it a point to keep up with the different legal developments on all levels of government to not only be more fully informed about what is and is not permissible but also be citizens interested in the development of society.