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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: "Without rules, we're savages."
    Can't remember exactly who said this, but I remember it's a quote from the famous drama series:
    Prison Break
    We need rules.
    Sometimes, like it or not, those are shelters for people.
    Sometimes those are like cells in a prison.
    Because we happen to be weak. We happen to be not perfect.
    We challenge the rules as if we're being awesome—actually quite often we are awesome lol.
    What's so 'special' about policymakers and Lawyers..?
    They have the power we don't have.
    We obey the law while trying hard to find faults in it to give ourselves ‘freedom’.
    We admit its necessity, but we shall fight clever so that we wouldn’t be the slaves of it.

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