I do agree with your observation — coming from a nursing back ground your observation
>The system is known as “The rule of law” The law has almost nothing to say about ethics, empathy, doing the right thing , sympathy and a host of human values we hold dear as our moral compass<
works just the same! Follow the letter of the law, forget present and pressing patient needs…. no room for a distinction between right for moral reasons.
So may be it is our world in general, we work hard to “get ahead” (make money), keep up with the Joneses, or the Kardashians, or….. as if this was all life is about. May be we have widely lost the moral compass?