When studying the law, it is helpful to remember where we came from in order to determine where we're heading. Current generations of law have been influenced by the wisdom of ages past. For example, Aristotle is one of the greatest minds of the world. His writings influenced numerous centuries of political and legal minds. Some of his greatest works are Nicomachean EthicsandPolitics.
"Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all."
"Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered."
You can see how statements such as those influenced our modern way of legislating. For instance, a statute signed into law is subject to some interpretation from the courts. Furthermore, if a statute is discovered to be incompatible with the Constitution, it is altered. Just a few things to think about.