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CLN 4U Canadian and International Law PRIMITIVE YOU (the origins of law) Teacher: Mr. Hanley Date: Thursday, February 21, 2008 Student Name: Ngo, Y Mi (Susana) Student number: 322-514-167 In a world where people are just trying to survive without any laws established and no concept of justice, fairness, equity, or injustice, I imagine that the environment would be clean, investigational, and deserted. I would assume that individuals would have to hunt and work for life's basic necessities because there has not been any economic development. There wouldn't be any convenient or grocery stores, so people would have to find a way to get a hold of food and water. It could mean by creating a strategy to capture and kill an animal as well as carrying out the task of preparing this meal. Individuals would have to search for clean water and perhaps find a way to store it, in case of an emergency. The factories, cars, planes, boats, and trains that are present in our society today are all factors in pollution as they are continuously burning fossil fuels, whereas in a pre-civilization world where none of these factors are present, the air that these primitive people breathe would be a lot more clear, clean, and refreshing. ...read more.


If one man is alone on a desert island, he has no use for any law. He can do as he pleases, with little regard for others, and without a complaint from anyone. He is subject only to the reality of nature. If he doesn't eat, drink, sleep, and have sufficient shelter, he will experience starvation, unpleasant reactions, and possibly death. Besides that, everything else is entirely up to him. He can live his entire life without law, and without problems, but as soon as a second man appears on the island, they've both got problems. They will inevitably have arguments. One may be dominant; another submissive. They may get along as equals, but I don't think there's such thing as never having disagreements. If they do get along, it will be because of mutual agreements. No matter what the case is, in the end they will either agree on rules of behavior. Both these men know that with only two people on this island, they need to implement a set of rules so they don't end up killing each other. I think that there are only two ways for people to avoid and/or settle disputes: violence and/or some sort of agreement. ...read more.


We always say, "Canada did this," or "The United States did that.", but countries are not human beings, they are groups of people who share many common contracts. The purpose of these agreements which are made into legal contracts are to make sure that people can live together without chaos and to prevent anyone from killing each other. It ensures a safe and peaceful society in which individuals' rights are respected. Laws regulating our business relationships help to ensure that people keep their promises. Laws against criminal conduct help to protect our personal property and our lives. Even in a disciplined society, people have disagreements and conflicts arise. The law must provide a way to resolve these disputes peacefully. For example, if two people claim to own the same piece of property, we do not want the matter settled by a fighting each other, therefore we turn to the law and to institutions like the courts to decide who is the real owner and to make sure that the real owner's rights are respected. Another purpose to law would be to provide fairness, which that the law should recognize and protect certain basic individual rights and freedoms, such as liberty and equality. This means that no longer are the stronger groups and individuals able to use their powerful positions in society to take advantage of weaker individuals. ...read more.

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