Friday, July 15, 2011
Follow The Rules
There are so many people that think the rules don't apply to them. It seems like I encounter these people more and more often. There are drivers who don't think traffic laws apply to them, citizens who don't think litter laws are important, community members who think the group's rules are stupid and Christians who don't think Biblical principals are meant to be followed.
Can you imagine a world without rules? Complete anarchy is even too much to fathom. In my opinion, there is really only a thin line between complete anarchy and people who break even the smallest of rules.
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not a perfect Miss Goody Two-Shoes. Sure, I break rules. I speed. I take pictures where photography is prohibited. I have snuck backstage at concerts, pretending I'm with the band. I'm not justifying my actions.
The people who consistently break the rules are the ones who get to me. At church, they put their kids in classes that they're too young for. (People pushing their kids to grow up too fast is another issue for another day.) At the banquet I organized a couple months ago, they put 11 people at a table for 10. They didn't ask, they just informed me that they were doing it. Even though certain standards are laid out by the church, some people have decided they are above the rules.
These frequent rule-breakers get all fired up when they're not permitted to do something they really want to do. They whine. They argue. They make scenes. They don't worry about who they're offending, who they are throwing under the bus. They have been raised in an It's All About Me World.
Teaching my children why it's important to follow the rules is an important parenting responsibility. Sure, I would rather fight for my kid to get the best of everything. But I can't. My kids have to learn that life isn't fair; it doesn't always go the way you want it to go. When it doesn't, my kids can't pitch a fit, whine, and make a scene. They need to shrug their shoulders, maybe vent their frustrations to someone close to them, and move on with life. The sooner that kids (and adults) learn this, the more satisfying life will be. Because when it comes to rule-breakers, eventually they're going to be crushed.
What specific rules do people break that really frustrates you?