A City Guide To Zhouzhuang for Good judgment is required to ensure that one does not become a slave to bad laws. One should not draw the conclusion, however, that law may be dispensed with altogether. To seek justice in the absence of law”through moral and political judgment alone”would demand too much of citizens and politicians. Just as a carpenter requires a blueprint when constructing a house lest his memory fail him, so political leaders and citizens require laws when governing and being governed lest their emotions, biases, or faulty reasoning lead them astray. Even good judges, Aristotle observes, require laws as general principles to guide them in the pursuit of justice. 208 thinking politics Aristotle defined law as the incarnation of reason minus the passion that generally influences our decision-making processes. Whereas passions will often degrade our sense of fairness, law serves as a more stable arbiter of right and wrong. A City Guide To Zhouzhuang 2016.