What Will Happen If Rules Are Not Followed

And the rules about driving left or right, stopping at red lights, queuing, not throwing garbage, picking up our dog`s debris and so on fall into the same category. They are the building blocks of a harmonious society. Join us tomorrow at Wonderopolis for a brand new wonder of the day that happens to be old and dusty! Restrictions on renovating old buildings can be so strict that no renovation is possible and buildings collapse. Environmental assessments of new forests can be so severe that it becomes almost impossible to plant trees. Drug discovery regulations can be so burdensome that a potentially valuable drug is abandoned. The road to hell is paved not only with good intentions, but also with rules that impose those good intentions, regardless of the consequences. If you`re like many kids, you may feel like there are too many rules. After all, you have rules at home. They have rules at school. You have rules in the sports you play and in the clubs you participate in. Why do we need so many rules? Why do we need rules? What if everyone could just get up during class and do whatever they want? Do you think a lot would be learned? Instead of an orderly and peaceful learning environment, a classroom without rules would be chaotic! Theft is a very common crime, and it would be much more common if there were no laws against it. This is because nothing would stop people from taking what they want, without consequences.

The problem with anarchy, however, is that it is inherently unstable – people constantly and spontaneously generate new rules of behavior, communication, and economic exchange, and they do so as quickly as the old rules are dismantled. She found that humans collectively set rules about how many, where and when a person can graze; who receives how much water and what to do if the resource is limited; Who monitors who and what rules resolve disputes. These rules are not only invented by leaders and imposed from the top down, but often arise unsolicited from the need for mutually acceptable social and economic interactions. And finally, you can count yourself lucky to live in a country with laws that are followed by lawyers, judges and most importantly by you. Laws are important because they structure society. They tell us what we can and cannot do, and they have consequences for breaking the law. Without laws, society would be chaotic and people could do whatever they want. This could lead to violence, theft and other crimes.

Individuals and societies face a constant battle over rules – and we need to be careful about their purpose. So, yes, “standing up straight” on an escalator can speed up everyone`s commute to work – but beware of conventions that have no obvious benefit for everyone, and especially those that discriminate, punish and condemn. The latter can become instruments of tyranny In fact, despite our protests to the contrary, the rules seem to be firmly entrenched in our DNA. In fact, our species` ability to cling to arbitrary rules and enforce them is critical to our success as a species. If each of us had to set each rule from scratch (why we drive left in some countries and right in others; why we say please and thank you), our minds would stop. Instead, we are able to learn the extremely complex systems of linguistic and social norms without asking too many questions – we just absorb the way we do it here.” A few decades ago, it was widely accepted that the generic pronoun in the written language is masculine: he/he/being. This rule has rightly been largely repealed. But it has also been replaced – not by the absence of rules, but by a different and broader set of rules that governs our use of pronouns. As you learn to drive, you`ll notice how many rules apply to driving a motor vehicle. You can`t go as fast as you want, when you want.

You can`t park wherever you want. You can`t drive on all sides of the road you want to drive on. If you drive your car, be aware that other drivers follow the law and, for example, don`t text their friends while driving. Be aware that there are rules and regulations that govern worker safety equipment, traffic lights, building codes and environmental protection. Be aware that various government agencies such as social services and schools follow the law to protect children and vulnerable adults. And then there`s the “slippage of rules”: rules are constantly being added and expanded, so that our individual freedom is increasingly restricted. Planning restrictions, safety rules, and risk assessments can add up endlessly and extend their reach far beyond the original intent.