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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: Some rules are good and the fewer the better the rest are just there to make MONEY!!
    • Jan 7 2013: This resonates with me Daniel. We put up with a lot just to make a living. Companies impose rules on us and the trade off is the paycheque at the end of the week. Also I see this in business as large stores want everything to be politically correct. The theory being that if they offend no one then everyone will return to their store and make them optimum profits. All about the money. In trying to please everyone sometimes the individual rights can get trampled, like happy holidays vs. merry christmas.

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