Here is one way of thinking: surveillance edifies – that is, it builds moral character – by bringing duty and self-interest closer together.
This outlook would probably be favoured by philosophers such as Plato and Thomas Hobbes.
He wants right actions to be driven not by fear, but by love for Him and reverence for what is right.
(Okay, He did say to Adam, “If you eat from the tree of knowledge you will die” – which can sound a little like a threat – but grant me some literary license here.) Moral philosophers will find themselves on familiar ground here.
Stricter protections are warranted because surveillance of nationals and others with a close connection to the domestic policy poses a special threat to the political opposition and free press of a country, both of which play crucial roles in limiting abuses of state power.
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The reasoning is fairly simple: the better the surveillance, the more likely it is that moral transgressions will be detected and punished.
Knowing this, people are less inclined to break the rules, and over time they form ingrained rule-abiding habits.
So what would be the right reason for not eating the fruit?
Well, God is really no different than any other parent.