If we have to follow the rules all the time, why do we make exceptions to those rules?
We must first make sure we understand: What are the rules? Rules are principles thought of by an entity meant to bring order, most of the times in a society.
If we talk about the rules of a society, we can say that the more society develops, the more those rules must be transformed into laws. In an abstract way, the oldest rules that we are more or less aware of are exactly the 10 commandments received by Moses. If we make a “family tree” of most of the rules of coexistence, we will see that they lead to those rules. We can say that for the society developed on Christianity, the pillars of the society but also the moral values are exactly those rules, called commandments. As free will, respectively, the value of the individual gained more importance, more and more rules appeared.
Over the years these rules have undergone transformations. The reason why these rules have undergone transformations is precisely the reason why there are exceptions to the rules: Depending on the evolution of society and events, a rule cannot cover all possible scenarios.
About 17 years ago, one of my mentors told me: “There are two categories of people, those who obeyed the rules of society and those who did not obey those rules. Mankind has evolved because of those who did not obey those rules. “ Think about what would have happened if Traian Vuia had stopped at the rule: “an object heavier than air cannot fly”. The reason why we make exceptions to the rules is precisely because the rules cannot cover all possible scenarios.
Those who try to strictly follow the rules, are generally those with conservative thinking, those who violate it but in a constructive and beneficial way, have a progressive thinking. The sentence “When the exception becomes the rule” is not just a saying, it is a statement.
But, GREAT ATTENTION, when breaking the rules, here we have several categories again, I will emphasize only two of them:
- Violation in a constructive way — the situation like Traian Vuia, which led to the invention of the plane, the steam generator, etc.
- Violating in a destructive way — situations such as: theft, robbery, murder, etc.
Throughout history, some rules have been good, other rules have been less good, it is certain that they have always undergone transformations. These transformations are directly related to the moral values of those who thought those rules (or laws). In an ideal world, all the rules should have moral foundations so good intentions …
I end with one of my favorite words: When a rule does more harm than good, then the rule must be changed.
Originally published at 4ever1friend.com