"[A] society deadened by a smothering network of laws
while finding release in moral chaos
is not likely to be either happy or stable."
Robert Bork
(1927- ) US Circuit Judge for DC Court of Appeals
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When has a society been happy?
 -- David L. Rosenthal     
    David, you are absolutely right. If 'society' here references the individual of "We The People", the quote's point is well made and describes the present.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    We have become a society of precise laws that not only wallows in chaos but delights in the chaos of others. The chaos is brought on by licentiousness diguised as freedom.
     -- Dave, Kansas City     
    The principle of trying to make people happy or stable has caused more misery in this world than letting people figure it out for themselves. A little chaos is not only a integral part of Nature, it increases as the effort to control increases. When humans can't control something, they call it 'chaos' -- we can't imagine the world taking care of itself.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Bravo Dave - there's nothing wrong in an ordered chaos; it depends on who's doing the ordering.
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
     -- Henry, Edinboro, Pennsylvania      
    I equate happiness to freedom. I can not be made happier by anything the government does, but I would be very happy about having a justice system as opposed to a system of vague laws that are up for "interpretation" on any given day.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    To understand the mess we are in, just remember that about 90% of the folks in congress are lawyers.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
     -- watchman 13, USA      
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