Importance Of Citizen Quality – Speed limits

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Speed limits present the reality that laws are made to address the average.  Of course, some speed limits were made to account for maximum fuel efficiency, but speed limits are also there to serve as a standard for a safe speed at which to drive in an area.  There are some people that can drive safely above the speed limit.  And, their ability to drive safely above the speed limit is a result of a number of factors.  A person's IQ, a person's reaction time, and the degree of car and pedestrian traffic in the area are all factors affecting the safe driving speed.  But, the problem is, although there are many people that can drive above the speed limit safely, there are also many people who can not drive above the speed limit safely, and with these people who can not drive above the speed limit safely, you can not expect them to accurately judge that they can not drive above the speed limit safely.  Consequently, you have laws restricting everyones' speed limit to prevent endangerment by a section of people who would not drive safely.

By lowering the average quality of citizens, it becomes necessary to make laws that account for the lowered average.

For instance, if the average citizen were very good at driving in a narrow lanes, you could potentially make driving lanes only 8 feet as opposed to 10 feet.  But, if the average citizen were not very good at driving, you must make driving lanes wide enough to accommodate the error in the average citizens driving.  

When you indiscriminately import citizens from violent cultures, or corrupt cultures, or cultures without a society promoting religion, you have to make laws that anticipate the average citizen will be violent.  And,  as such, you end up with concrete barricades intended to prevent drivers from ramming pedestrians.

And, although there is a minor cost to adding barricades and adding security cameras everywhere, the government wants to lower the quality of the citizenry.  As citizenry becomes more childlike, the government is excused for making laws that treat citizens like children.  And, in making laws that treat citizens like children, the government gains more and more power over citizens.

As crime goes up, as the quality of citizenry decreases, the government is justified in passing laws to outlaw weapons used in crimes.  As child abuse goes up, as the quality of citizenry decreases, government is justified in intervening with child protective services.  As divorce rates increase, government is justified in taking a bigger role in marriage and divorce.

As the citizenry, we must consider how things affect the average.  And, if we do not hold a high standard for citizens, to prevent the average from decreasing, we should expect that government will take more and more power and give us less and less freedom.

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