I still think both of you are basically saying it's the law because it's the law, and we don't make exceptions because we don't make exceptions. Hal's argument that you should stop at a stop sign even if there are no cars demonstrates a blind obedience to authority even in cases where the rules are not necessary.
Oh gosh Joe this is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel.
Just exactly who gets to decide for themselves when they get to break a law? How exactly does that work while at the same time preserving a workable system devoid of anarchy?
We know it's illegal, you really don't need to point that out. What I've asked is why we make exceptions and call a child an adult when we can punish someone, but we won't go through the same effort when we can show mercy?
I don't know.