Saturday, June 18, 2005

Tougher Laws=Fewer Fatherless Children

The Washington Post reported today that states with tough laws and tough follow-through regarding child support have a significantly lower number of children born without a father around. Its really too bad that we have to depend on the law to do that for us. What ever happened to a man taking responsibility for his actions? The book I read for my ethics class touches on this very subject. The more we depend on the law to tell us how to behave, the less freedom we have. A society that understands moral obligations stands a much better chance of surviving intact into the future. As we give up our ties to moral obligations, the law moves in to tell us how to behave. This is why freedom requires responsibility. If all we want is freedom without any responsibility, freedom is unable to survive. The two must go hand-in-hand.