The law is frequently inadequate to deal with the vagaries and exigentcircumstances of real life, it is capricious and inequitable in its application acrossthe spectrum of a given citizenry.Ethics only has meaning as it relates to human values and choices. Machineshave no need of ethics, neither plants, nor stones, ideas don't, nor do anyentities outside of those which posses the characteristic of sentience. Theawareness of “self” coupled with the awareness of “others” creates an inevitabletruth, or reality in which choice's must be made. Choices that will have bearingand impact upon oneself, others, and ones environment. As laws are rooted in,and dependent on systems, systems that by their very nature are flawed bymyriad limits in comprehension, application, intent, and design such that theycan only attempt to approximate what value is or is not. As such they fail tocomprehend the subtleties that true values comprise.Additionally the fidelity of the law is dependent upon the system which applies it.Thus the law is swift for some, delayed for others, this creates further inequitiesthat disqualify it as a bases for ethics. Say two persons commit a similar crimeand are caught, and that one has means while the other doesn't. It is entirelypossible, if not probable that the person of means will avoid the consequencesproscribed in the law, while the other will likely be hapless as a clam on a beach.Is a true value intrinsic in the case and outcome of one but not the other, doeshaving the means to manipulate in the legal system some how change thequality of the value or act?This finagle foundation of the law is inherent to itself. It therefore lacks theintegrity needed to define value.How to chose and set moral values should not be left to anything as dubious asthe law. The idea that some authority outside one’s self can or should be givensuch a responsibility is antagonistic and anathema to the very concept of ethicalchoice. In fact it is
to accept the law as the derivation of one’s choices,though obeisance to the law is many times in ones interests, the law has nomoral authority of its own and derives it only when its conception and applicationare unsullied by they who make and affect it.