Rules, Rules, and More Rules

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
~Robert A. Heinlan

Have you noticed? We live in a rule-filled world ruled by rule makers. It started when we were five. Remember that kid who always wanted to make rules, usually ones that benefited him, before the game started. He often had two friends. The editor was the one who, in the middle of the game, announced a new rule because he or she didn't like something that had happened in the game. Then you had their friend the rule announcer. This was the kid that reminded everyone else incessantly about what the rules were.

Parents feed into this as well. Often, it's just to get a moment of relief. They can be heard telling their children, "because those are the rules..." Why are they rules? Well, they don't know because they never asked either.


Eventually, those children grow up and become lawyers, lawmakers, business executives, and oligarchs where they can make much more official rules that everyone must follow because "those are the rules..." Even as adults, we frequently encounter the people who want to add new rules or remind everyone what the rules are. The corporate, religious, and political spheres are filled with them.

I'm a chronic rule breaker. I'm no anarchist. I don't drive down the wrong side of the street or wear my jeans hanging. I just don't follow rules that have zero reason or common sense behind them. It drives rule-followers nuts. "Why doesn't he have to follow the rules?" they ask. Or, "You think the rules don't apply to you."

Any fool can make a rule and any fool will mind it.
~Henry David Thoreau

Not at all. If a rule has a common sense reason, like stopping at a red light, I'm in. What I'm not OK with is a world filled with inane, stupid rules that serve no purpose except to condition and control people or because one person doesn't like something.

I believe we're here to be free human beings exploring the meaning of our existence not wasting our time walking on egg shells worried we might break some ridiculous rule.

We are not slaves bound to the whims of insane control. We are free beings capable and meant to live by no rule except not to harm other beings. Rules that support that, I'm 110 percent on board with. Beyond that, we're just bending to someone else's preferences.

Try it. Break rule or bend one. See that the world doesn't fall apart. Order doesn't turn to chaos. You will, however, feel freer and more in control of you.

Ray Davis
for 6 Sense Media