"If men will not be governed by the Ten Commandments they shall be governed by ten thousand commandments."Chesterton had a way of putting profound things so simply that the reader would wonder, "Why didn't I think of that." The quote above tells a truth so obvious, when one considers it, yet so missed by so many.
Time was, for instance, when people could seal business deals on a handshake. No longer. It takes a phalanx of lawyers to hammer out what should be even the simplest of transactions. The Bible tells us that we should let our Yes be Yes and our No be No, but even the church has been so infiltrated by the world that many now require such things as signed confidentiality agreements and other contracts.
If we only kept the commandment regarding bearing false witness, or against theft, we could eliminate a myriad of laws. If we lived honest lives, according to our consciences, knowing what is right and holding to it, even though it might be at personal cost, we could eliminate many cases of corruption.
If we didn't cheat on our taxes, or pad our expense reports; if people (and I'm sure there are some) who cheat on Unemployment Insurance or welfare would work and contribute to society instead of taking from it, I'm sure we could do away with a great many regulations. In other words, if we could just trust one another, we would not need the micro management of these, "ten thousand commandments."
Pie in the sky I know, but in a perfect world...