We Harm Others When We Harm Ourselves: The Soda Ban Didn’t Go Far
If you asked the average person you meet, they’d probably say that a government law requiring car drivers and passengers to wear seat belts is not only a positive thing, but absolutely necessary. Thanks to years of being told that being in a car without a seat belt can cause deadly car accidents, most of us don’t think twice about strapping in. Seat belt laws are not debated or criticized—they’re seen as preventative measures that save the lives of our family, our friends, and ourselves.
On the other side of the spectrum, many people would be upset, or even offended, at the thought of a law mandating us to install a house alarm. While it may ward off crime and may prevent robberies and even deaths, it’s not seen as something the government should mandate.