The first time I read this was as a teenager reading the Bible and thought it was actually a good thing. When the Israelites had no king they did what was right, I was focusing on the right and skipping the in their own eyes. Even when read the second time I believed they were good people and did was what right. Only when it was read again with opened eyes did I realize how bad this ended. Americans have no king and have their RIGHTS, we bow to no one and more and more of us are doing what's right in our own eyes. If history does repeat itself we are doomed. We want no one telling us what to do, we want no accountability, no authority figure over us.
But... The Bible tells us God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble, It also tells us if we want to be great in God's kingdom we need to be the servant of all. The easiest way to learn to be a servant is to bow your knee to Jesus, let Him be your King, serve Him and by serving Him, serving others will come. If we care and love each other as we should there would be no more divisions, no anguish of splitting families apart, no more divorce. Why is it so hard to be a servant? Why do we fight so hard to be in the right that we won't listen. Why do we say to each other, "you don't have the right to tell ME WHAT TO DO!"