Thursday, May 9, 2013

Rules

Look, this is the 21st century, we are all intelligent people, and no one wants to end up like Somalia. You want to talk about anarchy then you can do it over on Reddit, so long as you leave serious discussions to serious people (like me).

We have to have rules because there are tyrants and villains out there in the real world who want to kill and steal and burn either for profit or pleasure. Most people aren't crooks, of course (though more would be if they thought they could get away with it), but we have to put up with rules because of the damage those few people who are can cause. And don't you give me your idealistic crap, because at the end of the day we can at least agree that Hitler was a pretty bad fellow.

BUT, and this is important, we can't go overboard with rules, because just as there are bad people in this world there are also good people with good ideas trying really hard to make the world a better place. We don't make rules to keep good people from improving the world, we make them to keep bad people from ruining everything. Since the rules are there to stop bad people, it makes sense to show a little judgement and when a good person is being held down by rules that don't really fit we should do our best to give him a pass. If this sounds trite and obvious that's because it is and I really don't understand why I have to repeat it as if this weren't immediately obvious to absolutely everyone.

Because apparently it isn't immediately obvious. There are people out there who want to use rules enacted by good people with the best of intentions as a bludgeon to keep any more good people from making the world a better place. What's more, these hypocrites are usually the same people who want to let the bad guys of the world wriggle through loopholes and run around unchecked to make the whole world miserable for their own personal benefit. Sometimes it gets to the point that I really don't understand how these people aren't knocked unconscious by their own hypocracy, even beyond the fact that they unselfconciously support some of the most obviously evil people of the new millennium.

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