The loss of a big part of our individual uniqueness is unavoidable within the context of this quest for uniformity and order. Law has that effect on the freedom God desires for us. All the systems humanity has thought up in it's combined "wisdom" must achieve conformity so as to accomplish that which is desired. It's just how it works. It's also very understandable with the effects of sin and the lawlessness that this world has been subjected to ever since the freedom our creator gave us began to be used for self-serving purposes. Understandable maybe, but no less a dead end road that cannot possibly pull humanity (individuals) out of the ditch they have fallen into.
God has never removed the freedom he allowed for in his creation. But he did in his love and graciousness make a way for us to live a life where conformity is not the rule. It seems even the religious systems have never believed this? Maybe it is just a part of the bigger world system set on conformity? It seems to throw it's support behind the status quo more often than not. Individuals being set free of fear and shame and the effect of the games humanity has created in an attempt to control the chaos, cannot produce harmony, an expression that is absent in all the systems set on uniformity and control through the use of law.
Law came about due to the chaos created by man and woman's grab for independence. Sin. And it actually sets humanity in a place of attempting to play God. It will always be antithetical to the freedom and uniqueness God built into his creation and desires and will accomplish. Where law increases sin abounds all the more. But oh how beautiful is the plan and purpose of the incarnation, the cross and the new life made possible when we enter back into the relationship we were created for with Father, Son, and Spirit. Where grace is on the increase the hope of salvation, restoration, redemption, and God's holiness and righteousness become a reality. And where that is happening, the unique character of each and every person being set free remains intact and flourishes...not some fabricated weak expression brought about through religious self-effort.
The only redemptive purpose found in law (and that's God's laws, not humanity's laws) is it was given to us as a way of bringing us to the end of self-effort. That's the sum total, beginning and end of it's redemptive intention. The story contained in scripture points to a progressive movement. Fear is the beginning of wisdom and law is a part of that. But then comes along perfect love that casts out fear, manifested in the person of Jesus Christ, and he fulfills something we were never capable of fulfilling. God knew we couldn't. We weren't created to live under law, something that is always attempting to move us towards uniformity and robbing us of our uniqueness, and in the end actually makes people feel there is really no need for God. It is an attempt to make people feel secure in there independence. We were created to live in a dependent relationship with our creator, our Father. Grace and mercy and forgiveness is what leads us back to that relationship. Law in all it's manifestations can never accomplish that.