This House supports Good Samaritan Law should be established
So-called ‘Good Samaritan Law’ has been a hot issue regarding our society’s legal establishment for a long time. This law is essentially about punishing a person who stands by despite his ability to rescue or offer help to others. It carries an excellent meaning in order to fight off the ‘bystander effect’ and growing individualism. However, those who stand on against-side state that individual’s moral cannot be enforced by law, and it would eventually cause a side-effect in moral standard’s downgraded unto the level of ‘not being punished’. Should Good Samaritan Law be established in order to overcome the selfish society?
a. It is absolutely necessary to strengthen social solidarity.
Society has become more and more selfish and therefore it much effort to overcome such problem is absolutely necessary for every member of society. Good Samaritan Law not only punishes those who do not offer help others but also protects those who have helped others. It has two-side meanings so that it is essential in strengthening social solidarity and useful in its effect.
b. Law should protect the least level of social ethics.
‘Bystander effect’, neglecting neighbors’ dangers or avoiding crime scenes, overflows within our society. Moral obligation now has become one of significant values that the law needs to protect. Neglecting and pretending not to see other’s misery is being acknowledged to be wise in this society. It should not be maintained in such way.
a. Good Samaritan Law is an act of overstepping by law over individuals.
Human beings moves according to one’s own conscience. Issues regarding one’s own conscience is his own responsibility, and it cannot be changed by society’s enforcement or power. If pushed by introducing a law with seemingly reasonable intention, making a precedent of ‘Human being’s conscience can be enforced by law’ can bring a bigger issue than we ever imagine.
b. Unclear standard increases the possibility of misuse or misinterpretation.
Unclear legal standards can make anybody a criminal. Unclear bases regarding whether it should be protected or not can cause numerous misuse or misinterpretations of law. It should not be approached from an emotional standing.