Tuesday, June 28, 2005

 

How Much Civilization is Too Much?

In his latest TechCentralStation article Lee Harris asks: Can people have too much respect for the law?

I have long thought that a culture was too uncivilized when its people can't spontaneously organize themselves into a line (or queue if you are European) when waiting for something. At the other extreme, a culture is overcivilized when its people will wait at a stoplight in a remote area when it is obvious that there are neither other cars to hit or police assets there to ticket them.

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