We have criminals because we have laws. Laws, unlike morals, are objective. They are not based on any one moral code BECAUSE morals are subjective, and relative to the person/group holding them. We have laws to govern an entire society, not just one segment of it, and so our laws reflect what society sees as acts that should be illegal. It's called consensus.<quoted text> Well then why do we have people labeled as "criminals" when they live by their moral codes? Say for instance a woman who kills her newborn or older child when they are unwanted? They feel as a mother,that it is the best moral solution. They obviously don't want to have anyone else raise that child. You may think that it is wrong and evil,but apparently,they don't. WHO is right? WHO should be the deciding factor here? You or the mother of that child?
You can play this game til the cows come home but we all know right from wrong. Harming or killing another is wrong regardless of our circumstances or reasons as to *why*.
That's what you people just don't get, that laws and morals are not the same thing at all.
Morals are subjective. The fact that you and I agree that an act is immoral (and despite Ink's disbelief, you and I DO hold some of those things in common), doesn't make that an absolute. It just means that particular act is immoral to both of us. And just because two people (or groups) think an act is immoral, doesn't mean it MUST be declared illegal. And there is a third choice, too, people for whom the act is neutral. And just because an act that YOU hold to be immoral is ALSO declared illegal, does NOT mean that law is based upon YOUR moral code.