“Rabbi Hanina, deputy high-priest, would say: pray for the welfare of the government, for were it not for respect for it, men would swallow one another alive” (Pirkei Avot 3:2).
All good people want to live in a stable, safe society. All good people want to live in a society that promotes justice, fairness and equality for its members. An effective government is a vital ingredient for maintaining good lives. Without a properly functioning government, society runs the risk of falling into chaos.
In recent days, we have been witnessing a crisis in Ferguson Missouri—a crisis which goes far beyond that town. Aside from the protests and rioting in Ferguson itself, there have been demonstrations and protests throughout the United States.