I'd been looking for the perfect exemplar, and jazzthechef kindly provided it in OldBellHelmet's thread about his adventures with the law: It happens in almost every discussion, both here and in the response sections of the daily newspapers, as well as on talkback radio and everywhere else. There is always at least one person's response that is 'the law is the law, OMG, someone broke the law!!!1!' I personally got lambasted for (allegedly) buying my daughter a few drinks for Schoolies, which happened to fall 3 weeks before her 18th birthday. I'm not really even having a go at jazzthechef - it's just that every time it happens, it makes me think of Lawrence Kohlberg's theory of moral reasoning. Kohlberg lists a number of levels of moral reasoning - the reasons people give for doing or not doing certain things. Here's a quick rundown from Wikipedia: So, while it's possible to pass judgement on someone doing 109 in a 60 zone from almost any level, the 'someone broke the law!!!1!' response is a pretty classic Kohlberg Stage 4 response. Simply recognising that this range of possible approaches exists actually makes reading a lot of the discussion here a lot clearer and less confusing... not everyone thinks about issues the same way I do.