In the interests of my metaphysic, I studied early law codes, among them those of Hammurabi and Ur-Nammu. Something that struck me in particular was the penalty for robbery. Ur-Nammu: "If a man commits a robbery, he will be killed." And Hammurabi: "If any one is committing a robbery and is caught, then he shall be put to death." Today this seems completely out of proportion. Why, then, did they have such law codes in early societies? I think they may have seen that robbery tears apart the fabric of all of society. It reduces everything. We may have lost the eye for the greater whole today. Which is not to say that we need the early law codes back.