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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 27 2012: Kaleb I think you of what r saying share more of what you feel and how you thunk we can go forward
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      Dec 27 2012: I feel very.. strongly? About this.. it's something that's bothered me since childhood. I think SOME rules are necessary. The sheer amount of them creates disasters, less empathy, less kindness, poorer human relationships. With a few less rules, and a few SMARTER rules, with a huge increase in common sense, I think that's how we should move forward. Unfortunately, I don't have a clue how to distribute common sense to the populations of the world.

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