This post is about people who say, "I hate rules." (Often said in a superior, I'm so important I don't have to follow rules tone) I'm a traditionalist, and I usually follow rules. I believe most rules have a reason for being, and most often those reasons are based on sound concepts. There are grammar and punctuation rules. Traffic rules. Mathematics rules. Construction and architecture rules. And many more rules too numerous to mention. These rules provide sound guidance. They are there for our safety (construction architecture, traffic, instruction manuals), for clear communication and expression of ideas (grammar, punctuation), for calculation, accounting, inventory (mathematics) and so on.
Yes, many of our greatest advancements have been made because someone chose to ignore the rules and do it their way. Humanitarian advancements have been made because someone ignored the rules and pushed for change. Think women's right to vote, or Civil Rights.
But rules have their place, and those who whine about hating rules get no sympathy from me. And in this case, I'm not talking about arbitrary or just plain stupid rules, and I'm not even talking about the above-mentioned rules. I'm talking about the most basic social rules that govern our lives and how we interact with others. In other words, decency. Like not running a red light. Like waiting your turn. Like saying please and thank you. Like showing up on time. Like respecting the rights of others. Like being honest.
And I worry.
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