Based on the work of Richard Maybury.
As I remember it, these are based on his research and analysis into the most basic laws that hold civilization together. He looked at both the common principles to all major good religions. He also paired that with the common principles for every well-functioning society.
I often think of these as the basic building blocks to societal “social contracts”.
They are, and I am paraphrasing.
- Do all you have agreed to do.
- Do not infringe upon others and their property.
The first law is most commonly tied to contract law, or “business law”. Eg we have a business agreement and if I violate it, then there must be restitution.
The second law is most commonly tied to tort or “criminal law”. Eg. theft, if I harm you directly, or steal from you then there must be restitution.
The more these laws are followed by a society and it’s government, the better that society functions and thrives.
The more these laws are violated, either because the people in that society are able to break the laws without consequence, or most especially in modern societies, violated by the government itself, then the worse the society functions and thrives.