The individual and society are one and the same.
When in a state of harmony, they manifest goodness and compassion.
When goodness begins to wane, it is a sign that the system has fallen out of balance.
In an attempt to regain balance, moral rules are activated. As long as morality exists, apparent harmony will be maintained.
When morality declines, law and punishment try to restore harmony.
When the bearers of the law and punishment are driven by the ego, the law becomes corrupt, and the punishment uncontrolled. Wrong-doing trigger reactions that reflect the state of the punisher and not the severity of the incorrectness.
When this happens, the line between right and wrong becomes porous, the truth disappears and the system becomes entropic. The individual and the society fall into a growing disorder.