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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 8 2013: If you have to do something because someone told you to do the opposite, i fear that is not a helpful quality and might be worth trying to overcome.

    Some rules are silly but some are sensible. Like all things in life its hard to work out which is what and often it depends where you are looking at them from . Again do you just hate the rules because you do, or is there a real benefit to changing them and are you able to bring about that change.

    Don't waste effort moaning or debating if there is a problem to solve, take action and make the world better.

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