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Kaleb Roberts

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Why do people find the need to entrench themselves in rules and policies?

For me, whenever anyone (especially those in authority) say "Kaleb don't do that!" I feel the instant desire to do it. Although desire probably isn't an accurate synonym. It's more like I have to do it or I'll explode. I've been this way for as long as I can remember.

Now that I have entered the workforce, I find there are so many rules and regulations. Granted, some of these have real merit (such as the recycling policies, and earwig steel cap boots when you enter the workshop)

However, there are some rules that are just plain idiotic. What are some examples of this behavior, why do people do it? Is it because (This is my assumption) they are afraid of the unknown? They are afraid of taking risk? Or is something that happens during the "nurturing" phase of life with overprotective parents. Maybe it's even a genetic thing.

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    Dec 23 2012: Because as a society we have been bred to feel that rules are for the better, that if there were no rules we'd all lose our morality and run amock and do as we please, that we would lose all integrity.
    If you look at it through a bigger picture, it is easier to control any people when you run them down with rules, as they won't have time to question what you are doing.
    In regards, to genetics, I don't know, but when I'm told I shouldn't do something, unless it's bad for the humankind or puts someone's life at risk, it makes me want to do it, just because I don't feel that anyone has a right to tell me what I can or can't or should or should not do. If I am following my moral code, then why in the world can I not do something ?

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