Rules, rules rules. Every day, we live with rules. We follow rules, we break rules. And there’s a saying, “Rules are meant to be broken.” Agree? I just wonder what life is without rules. Everyone would be doing crimes all over the place. One day you might just wake up and see all your stuff in your house is gone. Report to the police? There are no rules, so is there going to be police around? I guess the answer would be no.
There’s an old saying that rules were made to be broken. As a general rule I wouldn’t agree but there are exceptions to every rule and when it comes to all the things we should and should not do which litter our lives as to what is good for us and what isn’t, there’s more than one ‘rule’ which deserves to be broken. If rules weren’t broken advances would not have been made within society.
Sure rules such as not killing someone make sense. But if the African Americans had not have broken the rules to achieve equality where would they be today? Rules are placed to tighten people, and yes if they weren’t there, the society would be crazy, but there are so many rules today that are not fair, and for society to see it differently, we need someone to break the rules.
Whether you are a manager at the office, a parent at home, or project lead for a corporation, getting people to follow your rules can be trying and exhausting. An acquaintance of mine was complaining that his volunteers were not doing everything he wanted them to do. He shares, “Most are doing A, but no one is doing B or C.”
He is extremely frustrated because he constantly sends email reminders and requests to get them to comply. He pleads, cajoles, sweet-talks, flatters and even highlights when someone does what they are “supposed to do”. Some tactics work for a short period of time. But nothing works in the long term.
When things are not going our way, we need to stop and evaluate; because things are supposed to work smoothly together. So, when we find any type of resistance, chances are something isn’t matching. Either the rules or the people involved are not aligned. Once again – no one is doing anything wrong. It’s just not a perfect match, yet.
Throughout the whole world, wherever a community develops, people have found the necessity to elaborate rules of conduct. Laws are the way humans provide boundaries in order to live peacefully in an organized society so as to achieve progress and evolution. However, all the way through history, there have been several stages at which rules needed to be broken, therefore leading to a dramatic change in the society and the progress of social order.
Since the very beginnings of humanity, rules and principles have organized small groups of individuals as well as whole nations, finally developing the coordination of the whole planet. Individuals search for stability in every aspect of life, either emotionally or, in this case, socially, exposing its drive from a need rather than from an burden.
Laws are established by men who are appointed by their own public, therefore allowing the risk of being dismissed whenever the society believes it is right to, and refusing the threat of a dictatorial leader. As time has demonstrated, sometimes, but only sometimes, laws are meant to be trespassed in order to call the attention and emphasize the value of the rules. Moreover, rules have always adapted to times, changing with its own people and refreshing with new ideas and cultures.
Thus, regulations have become each day more flexible, permitting them to be bent to every level, though always severe enough so as not to be lead into chaos. However, laws seem to be too inflexible, too severe, and too authoritarian to some extent. Laws usually do not seem to consider all the details and circumstances of tangible life. Such as in emergency life situations, should the law be put above life too? Right from the first phases of human life, rules were made to be broken. Rules are made to be broken but only at some time when extreme changes need to be carried out.