An English thinker, Thomas Hobbes, once said, “it is not wisdom but authority that makes a law. t – tymoff.” He meant that people agreed to follow the rules set by an influential leader, called a sovereign, to feel safe. This leader gets to make the rules so everything stays organized and calm.
Why Some Think Wisdom is Important in Making Laws
While Hobbes believed Authority matters most, not everyone agrees. Intelligent decision-making, or wisdom, is super important. If leaders don’t make laws wisely, those laws might not work well or be harmful. Just think about old rules that didn’t let people of different races get married or mistreat women. Those weren’t intelligent laws.
On the flip side, some believe you can be more wise to make good laws. Even if you’re not the most intelligent, you can still learn, collect facts, and decide what’s best for everyone. Also, looking at facts and data can sometimes be better than thinking about right or wrong in a big, profound way.
Why Authority Matters in Making Laws
But Hobbes had a point. Having power, or Authority, really helps in setting rules. Why? Because with passion, you can make sure everyone follows the rules. If no one had the power, laws would be like gentle hints – easy to ignore.
Having Authority also means people are more likely to listen to you. When a strong leader sets a rule, most people will follow it because they respect that leader’s position.
How Wisdom and Authority Work Together in Making Laws
In real life, you can be intelligent and decisive when making laws. The very best rules come from those who blend both. Being wise helps make rules that are good for everyone, and having Authority ensures people listen and follow the rules—mixing both? You get a legal system that works well and is fair. it is not wisdom but authority that makes a law. t – tymoff.
Choosing between wisdom and Authority in rule-making is complex. Both have their good points. But, for a system of rules to work best, both should play a role.
A Few More Ideas
- Purpose of Rules: What’s the main reason for rules? Is it just to catch people doing wrong or ensure everything runs smoothly and fairly?
- Type of World We Want: Should the most intelligent people rule or the most powerful? How we answer shapes how we feel about wisdom and power in rule-making.
- Making Laws the Right Way: How do we guarantee that our rules are intelligent and robust? How can we set them up to make sure they help everyone? These questions help us think deeper about mixing wisdom and power in rule-making.