and law, acting as a law and morals are a set of prescriptions and prohibitions, the observance of which is expected from a man living among his own kind.

differences between law and morality



moral precepts often called the "unwritten laws", and indeed it is.These rules, in contrast to the laws are not fixed in any documents.Obligation of their performance is determined only by their recognition by the majority of the members of society.

Act is mandatory and is the same for all people living temporarily in the territory where it operates.Moral principles are diametrically opposed even within the same family.

execution of legal norms necessary for the citizen, regardless of whether he accepts it or not.With regard to follow the moral principles of a free people.This is due to the fact that the law is a system of "leverage": the po
lice, prosecutors, courts, penal system.

for the violation of legal rules should be punished, that person will be subjected to, regardless of his beliefs.For example, citizens can be convinced to steal a wallet from a wealthy person - is not a crime, but to serve his sentence for the theft of it will still have."Punishment" for an act not prohibited by law, but is worthy morals, is the change in attitude on the part of others, to which a person can not pay attention.

Figuratively speaking, the law operates "outside", placing limitations.The moral of the act "from within": a man sets himself limits itself, focusing on the moral principles inherent in his social group.

interaction of law and



Despite all the differences between law and morality, they do not exist in isolation from each other.

In some cases, the law and morality are the same, in other - not.For example, condemned the murder and the law, and morality.Leave the baby in the hospital - not a crime under the law, but reprehensible act morally.

effective legislation is largely determined by their acceptance by society in general and the specific people at the level of moral principles.If legal requirements do not become a moral precept for a person, a person will abide only out of fear of punishment.If you have an opportunity to break the law with impunity - a person can easily decide to do so (for example, to steal the suitcase, if there's no witnesses, no security cameras).

Indicative in this respect, the fight against piracy in the Russian Federation.Its lack of success is due to disagreement with the majority of Russians that download from the Internet illegal copy of the film - the same crime, how to steal a purse or steal a car.Western PSAs conducting such parallels, from the domestic audience response is not.

change in the legal and moral norms



law can be changed very quickly, quite strong-willed decisions of the authorities.Moral values ​​in society are changing very slowly and painfully, and yet changes occur.

In some cases, changes in the law provokes moral: ceasing to be prohibited by law, act after some time may cease to be condemned and even become discouraged.

Such was the reaction of the society, for example, to allow abortions.In the USSR the legal prohibition on abortion was lifted in 1920.Around the middle of the twentieth century the attitude toward abortion changed from negative to neutral.Currently, many Koreans have endorsed abortion, considering it a manifestation of the responsibility, and condemn women who prefer having a baby.It is logical to assume that the same will change attitude towards euthanasia in case of legalization: over time, patients who do not want to do it, will condemn.