"Whenever you think about "the law," it's probably about the cop on the corner, a private detective on television or some vague sort of trouble. Actually, under the American system of government, "the law" is a set of ground rules to help you play the game of life successfully. It gives you certain rights and privileges in return for certain duties and responsibilities. These ground rules are necessary in a society because we need an umpire to yell "fair" or "foul" when our deeds or desires conflict with those of our neighbors - and vice versa."
Good Reading Rack Service, 1958