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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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  • Jan 7 2013: Sometimes rules are brilliant. When I studied music in college they showed us rules for various styles of music such as classical and jazz. The rules were different and complex in order to compose convincingly in those styles. Those rules were invented and collected and passed down from mentors to students. Diminished chords (tri-tones) for instance were considered music from the devil and the church wouldn't allow them at one time (rule). But rules are inherited and they represent lessons from our history and are meant to be either keys or shortcuts or cautionary codes of conduct. There is one rule that I learned in music college and it is "Support The Melody", and inside those three words there is a universe of wisdom involving music arranging; three simple words with so much meaning and guidance that when I realized it's wisdom, it made me smile. Or you could choose to ignore all of musical history and invent your own new style. But your new style will probably have rules and if people didn't follow your rules then it wouldn't be authentic.

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