Ever wonder why Finland is in the top 10 in education, gender equality, social justice, innovativeness and other rankings you’ll find quickly by using this fabulous tool called Google? I’ve got a news for you that really made my day:
http://www.iltalehti.fi/uutiset/2015030219287930_uu.shtml For those of you that can’t read it, I’ll put up a quick translation based on http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-31709454 – a rather wealthy local fellow got caught speeding (doing 15mph over the speed limit, that’s 30-ish kilometers per hour more than was legal) and they fined him about 54k euros (60k-ish US dollars). Because they have speeding fines based on daily earnings. So he’s obviously upset and venting on facebook, saying it’s not ok to do that. Really? You break a law you know of and then want to have it easier? Well dummy, I’d say you stand better chances if you try and change the law BEFORE you actually try to break it… Besides, ever think a millionaire will be upset by a twenty euro/bucks/whatever fine?
The point of the law is to prevent and only if that fails, to punish – there’s a principle of it I’ve heard in legalese that says “what’s not written in the law is technically not against the law”, so your point is rather moot, innit? Because the whole “better ask forgiveness instead of permission” is kind of not legal in many areas where there’s a risk of people injuring others, and also really not ethical if you’re a narcissistic self-centered me me me clown who thinks the law is there to punish and the punishment ought to be debatable. Would you forgive some perv if he tried to kiss your 10yr old daughter on account of that?
I do believe they have that kind of laws in Austria, too…
http://yle.fi/uutiset/finnish_police_fired_guns_only_six_times_in_2013/7701005 – prevention, prevention, prevention..