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Whose Rules?

Organized sports have rules. So does language, physics, mathematics, and chemistry. Religion would like to impose rules, but it only works if you play along.

Some rules are hardwired into our understanding of the physical world. Others we make up for various reasons – fair play, social etiquette, or just to get along.

In order to have a functioning society, we make up rules that govern behavior and call them laws. Breaking these rules carries a stiff penalty, one that removes you from the community at large and puts you in a time out in another place that has its own rules – prison.

As humans we become accustomed to living by rules, so it can come as a bit of a shock when we encounter someone who doesn’t play by them.

The thing is, these are often the people who move things forward, forcing society to change in a way that is better for everyone.

But boy is there a stiff price to pay. Until everyone else catches up to the rule breaker and realizes that the new way is better, the one breaking the rules is an asshole troublemaker who draws the ire of everyone around them.

No wonder so few people do it.