Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cicero on Law



Law applied to its extreme is the greatest injustice.


In "On Duties" (44 BC). Cicero (106 BC–43 BC) was a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul and constitutionalist.



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2 comments:

Jonathan McCoig said...

I agree, but not everyone does: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1192496/Man-dropped-pound-note-fined-50--littering.html

Luis Seabra Coelho said...

Your example (someone being fined for littering because he lost a 10£ bill) is just perfect!
Thank you for that.

But how do you prevent this from happening? I see 2 approaches: either you empower people to choose if they should follow the procedure (rule, law or whatever) or you add exceptions to the procedure (rule, law or whatever) as you find them.
In the context of Project Management, I always go for the empowerment approach. But I don't think that would be the best option in any given context.