Albert Einstein, official 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics photograph, source Wikipedia
"It would be foolish to despise tradition. But with our growing self-consciousness and increasing intelligence we must begin to control tradition and assume a critical attitude toward it, if human relations are ever to change for the better. We must try to recognize what in our accepted tradition is damaging to our fate and dignity—and shape our lives accordingly."
-- Albert Einstein, from his famous writing on racial inequality in the US - "The Negro Question" .
These words are immortal.
Ignoring not only issues like racial inequality, but also preventable human deaths (wars, unregulated gun ownership, dictatorships, refugees of war etc.), climate change, religious extremism, gender inequality, preventable animal deaths... For me feels like burying your head in the sand and comforting yourself behind rules, which you already know to be unjust...
Fortunately, opinions and actions on most of these are a matter of choice - you either excuse yourself with the popular beliefs and socially accepted, etc. or you do what you know will, someday, be a law and a rule for everyone else to follow.
One thing makes me very optimistic - so much more people, each and every day, follow the rules of tomorrow. Not needing a shepherd nor a government to "make" them do it. :)
Don't forget Reality - it's right here, it's right now, you should operate according to its laws, but don't do all the stupid s*** allowed by society, either.