What drives us as individuals (what brings us happiness, satisfaction and contentment) is making progress, improving our selves and our lives. The best way to destroy hope and happiness is to prevent progress through rules, regulations and social norms. Certainly preventing progress conserves things as they are in a boxed-in, comfortable sort of way, but it destroys the human soul. People focus entirely on life after living, hoping for golden streets of happiness, but if we’re not allowed, by law or social stigma, to make life on earth filled with “golden streets of happiness,” then how can we expect to realize that in what comes after this? How can our reward be that when we’ve so strictly prevented it among our fellow earthly beings?