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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 25 2012: People require rules because they are afraid, if you leave someone to the unknown they either accept it with a daring and evolved mind or they panic and deploy rules out of anxiety. Anxiety is a form of mental illness so of course obsessive compulsive actions and paranoia take over, thus people who are more accepting and willing to explore are punished by the small minded. The ones who tend to be the most rule and law abiding tend to be individuals who claim to be politically correct and morally upstanding, they are neither and are living in a dream world quite frankly.

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