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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 17 2013: Rules are created for a reason and if you want to be able to successfully plead for a change you need to first understand exactly how the system works and why specific rules are in place. Rules have the merit to standardize behavior and activities that work out but at times you come across rules that were put in place for reasons that no longer exist but people still follow them for being rules; a lot of traditions follow the same pattern; I have even seen rules put in place at work to control one single person's behavior and to avoid pointing fingers they made a rule for everyone; the rule still stayed in place after the person left. In some cases people in position to do so make a rule, just to make their life easier, by not having to deal with certain situations or tasks that would occur without the rule.

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