Constitution’s rules VS our planet’s rules
Way back when, on September 17, 1787, the U.S. constitution was signed. The constitution holds the various rules and freedoms that have been in effect to this day, in the United States of America. About a week ago, during the October of 2010, my group of four people created our “new planet’s” rules that would become in effect. We wanted to see if there were any similarities or differences between the U.S. constitution, and our planet’s constitution. Turns out, we were able to contrast the two.
In 1787, there might have been a different experience with writing the rules, than we had writing them in modern times. The thirty five delegates, who were deciding the rules for the constitution, were chosen by their colonies. So for instance, Connecticut would vote on one person, or multiple people, to collaborate with the other delegates that were chosen for the other colonies. When my class was deciding groups of four to make rules, we were able to choose our own. We did this by talking with the other students and finding people we got along with. If we had to be in larger groups, deciding on what rules to apply would become too difficult and too long, causing us to get behind in the curriculum.
Believe it or not, the two experiences writing the rules are similar in the case that both parties needed to, and did stay orderly and productive. It has been said that General George Washington was to help keep the peace during the making of the constitution. All thirty-five delegates most likely had different ideas for the rules, pertaining to each colony’s particular needs. While the four of us were making our rules, there were times that each of us had to tell the others, “Which rule should we use?” Just by saying that, we would realize we were falling behind on our project, and it kept us on track. If that did not happen, for the constitution and my rules, it would have taken a lot longer to come to a conclusion of which rules to adopt.
Astonishingly, there were similarities between the actual rules of the constitution, and the assignment’s rules. In both instances, the citizens of the United States and the new planet are free to have their own lifestyle, as long as it does not impede any other rules. For example, in the constitution, it states that we are free to choose our religion, and to speak freely. On the new planet, citizens are free to choose their job, shelter, and what they do in their free time. They may be similar because both groups of people creating the list of regulations want their citizens to be happy and safe.
I was not surprised by this, but there are differences between the U.S. constitution and the new planet’s rules. On the new planet, citizens are required to gather food, and to share with the rest of the settlement. This was to ensure no one person had more than others because it was a new settlement and everyone would adjust differently. Besides, on the new planet, there is not any type of money that is being used. In modern times, we will buy food or supplies from different types of stores. This is in effect because the United States is an older country and citizens are entitled to their own property and their own money. The two rules are different because America and the planet are different societies, and different ages.
The constitution and the rules for our, “new planet,” had many similarities, but they also had numerous differences. Some were very surprising, but even more of these similarities and differences were expected. It is humorous to see how distinguished people then, and teenagers now, can think very alike in some situations. My experience contrasting the two lists of rules was pretty interesting because it showed me how the most basic laws have a larger impact on society. The laws of the constitution and the laws of the new planet are very similar, yet so different in their own unique way.