To understand a society, it is important to have awareness of two sets of rules. One is the set of rules imposed by the society. The other is the set of rules imposed by the universe itself. Understanding how these rules differ and why gives great insight into the limitations society imposes, and allows these rules to be rationally questioned.
Consider traffic regulations. If driving an off-road vehicle, the limitations the universe imposes are simply the limitations of the vehicle itself. You can drive anywhere and everywhere the vehicle can physically get to. Drive on the left side of the road, drive up and down stairs, through parks, across lawns and curbs, even through malls and buildings. Leave a swath of destruction behind you, the universe itself doesn’t care.
The limitations of the universe are set by all the laws of nature. They are all the laws that you can’t break, even if you wanted to. Try as hard as you can, you will not be able to defy gravity, or create new energy out of nothing. These are the actual physical limitations of the reality in which we live. Think about being in New York city, bounded only by the laws of nature. You could freely go wherever you wanted, into any building, into any bank vault, you could destroy anything you wanted. Set fire to skyscrapers and crash cars into one another. Base jump naked off the empire state building. Use a crane to play real life Tetris with city traffic. You could even kill others with impunity if you wanted to, take everybody’s money and then burn it all if it suited your whim. No law of nature opposes that. In fact, the natural world around us is full of stealing and killing.
Of course, everybody doesn’t just go around doing anything and everything that is physically possible. A society wouldn’t function if everyone did that. We limit ourselves by assigning some possible actions as good, some as bad, rewarding some, punishing others. These limitations form the basis for the law and order of any society. Unlike laws of nature, the laws of society can be broken, and can be changed. Therefore, they can be questioned. A rational society that exists for the benefit of its people, and that is rooted firmly in progress can only be achieved if its laws are rationally questioned.
This process of questioning starts with imagining what is possible, what could be possible, if there were absolutely no limitations. If only the laws of the universe were at play. Then, the limitations imposed by our current society’s rules and laws must be understood along with their true motivations. Only then can true rationale for the existence of these laws understood. Once the limitations imposed by society are fully understood, a rational decision can be made to keep or discard them for the good of the people they are supposed to protect.
If there is no clear, rational system of law and order, if limitations cannot be clearly understood and their purpose well defined, and if they cannot be modified by a process of informed debate, then there is no way to insure that rules society imposes exist for the benefit of its people. This will severely limit a society's ability to progress to the potential that it could achieve if it was unhindered by unnecessary limitations and allowed to expand to the full potential of what the universe allows.