MindYourBusyNess: RULES ARE GUIDELINES

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RULES ARE GUIDELINES


In every organization / society, there is large number of written/unwritten rules. Generally we are aware of the overview of rules only and not its complete details (unless you are involved directly with these rules in your work).

It is when we (or someone close to us) face problem(s) and go into details, many times we find that rules applicable are outdated, illogical inadequate etc.

Have you also gone through similar situation? Did you blame the system /organization/ authority for this? Were you compelled to resort to cheating to bye pass the rule?

Generally rules are formed to benefit the large cross-section of society. Therefore when these are applied to particular individual in a particular circumstance, it may appear sometime that true justice is being denied to some individual(s).

Whenever a breach of rule comes to notice, the rule applicable at that point of time is referred. It can not be changed for any one, whatsoever compelling circumstances one may have. It may initiate a call for revision of rule but the benefit of revised rule may not go to that individual who initiated that revision. It’s a paradox.

If the society is orthodox, the rule revision will be rare. In an advanced or modern society, it may be frequent.

Like two extreme type of societies, there are two extreme of individuals. These are law abiding citizens and law breaking offenders.

When law does not benefit some individual in some circumstances, the respect to it starts eroding in his/her mind. If such occurrence is repeated many times the mind position begins to shift from ‘law abiding’ to ‘law breaking’. If the experiences of ‘law breaking’ are encouraging, it becomes a habit. The habit, if not checked, can lead us to become branded criminals.

What can we do to remain the law abiding citizens?

The answer lies in our reactions to an experience of finding the weakness in the law. Given below are tips for handling such experience-

Imperfection is O.K. We should accept it as a natural phenomenon. The myth that ‘law is perfect’ is to be reconsidered. ‘Law’, like anything else, is evolving and dynamic.
We should learn to respect it as it is.

Emotional reactions There is no need to collect negative feeling like guilt or anger in such experiences. Nor is any need to blame the authority or society. These are just mediums. They are neither ‘against’ nor ‘for’ any individual.

Rules are mere guidelines Consider rules as guidelines guiding us the correct way rather than some fixed barriers to be crossed or not crossed.

Spirit Do not get entrapped in the frame work of rules. Try to follow the spirit behind these rather than get disturbed by the details.

Make or break Analyze your emotions and reactions. Are these going to help ‘law makers’ or ‘law breakers’? Review if needed.

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