I have a friend from South Africa who tells me their laws are based on maintaining human dignity and justice. Ours seems to be based on maintaining peace.
When the police arrive at our crime scenes they want to keep the peace or blame someone for disturbing the peace. Our judges have strict guidelines for what lines in the sand have been crossed.
According to my friend, in South Africa they look for who maintains justice and dignity and fine or punish those who violate the dignity of others or show disregard for justice.
Ours is a nation in decline, the letter of the law will bring us down. Millions of examples daily.