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society develops modern commodities that a leg-
islative systemmust entertain, the less 'human' or
subjective the law is, and can be. Piece by piece its
modern assets severed; hierarchy implied the end
of communal decision making; codification obso-
lesced a purely subjective mechanism of justice. It
is important to note, however, that the final factor
applied was that of humanity itself, though this
could be argued as both artificial and superficial.
Perhaps then it could be inferred that the closer a
society is to subsistence living, and the subsequent
greater need for the mutual neglect of intrinsic ego-
centricity, the more ‘fair’ the system of law appears
to be, both to individual and collective. At first, hu-
manity had little time to ponder the instrument of
their culture, simply functioning unquestioned. The
emergence of horticulture and progress heralded
wealth and class divergence, property and of course
judicial automisation, exacerbating as its inducing
factors develop. Morality was relinquished, suppos-
edly ‘rediscovered’ by ‘modern’ society. This is not
to say that our current civilisation should strive to
live in a 'blissful euphoria' of strictly circumstantial
cour function, as it could only truly perform in such
a sparse environment of populous, with few other
issues but survival and interactions. The adjustment
of law’s intentions, though losing inherent emotion
seen previously, was necessary in order to keep up
with an intelligent species’ society advancing and
convoluting. The introduction of more variables
must result in more stringent management of those
variables, whether they be a new technology or
an increase in population. Crime and punishment
could not begin to individually cater the upstanding
or disreputable, as their aggregate grows and their
definitions convoluted.We change as we must, not
as we desire.
Jack Shafran 10D
An example of some of the best-preserved Paleolithic art circa 28,000-37,000 BP (before present), found
in the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave, Ardèche, France
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