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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: Hi Kaleb - In the beginning there was the agricultural revolution and the first human settlements - close knit societies depended upon co-operation, so naturally rules followed this need. (and most of our societies other ideas such as money & institutions)

    However, I believe we need only one rule - "don't do unto others what you would have them do unto you." I try to apply this and have introduced my three children as a simple philosophy for life.

    Normally, as I also have an instinctive dislike of authority as it often represents unfairness or stupidity or power concentration, I try to follow the following:

    "Obeying their rules only encourages them to create new ones. Disobey as often as possible: for gain, for sport, for the art of it." - Ethan Mordde

    To create a 'good' society we need just one thing - that is to make sure ALL of our children are trained in the ability to 'think'. This is because if they can really think, we shall unshackle them from unfairness and stupid rule makers. This is I believe the worlds greatest challenge for long term success, and is clearly a difficult one since we cannot even manage to feed many of them presently.

    See: Super Fast Track Education:
    http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/sft.html

    Rgds
    JP

    If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you
    really make them think, they'll hate you.
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      Dec 25 2012: "Obeying their rules only encourages them to create new ones. Disobey as often as possible: for gain, for sport, for the art of it."

      JP that is one of the absolute wisest things I've ever heard, sincerely, thank you.

      "don't do unto others what you would have them do unto you."

      Your kids will be way in front of the eight ball I believe. If people could learn that, this society, especially towns like Gladstone would be SUCH a better place... how can you teach people that lesson.. rather, not teach them it, but for them to willingly want to learn it.. you've given me a LOT of food for thought.. thank you.

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