We are governed by rules, obviously or not. We even have a lot of names for it that just implies how important they are to us. We follow the rules of our state, we call it laws; of our religion, doctrine or creed; of our society, social trends; of philosophy, ethics; of our peers, peer pressure; of our parents, pain-in-the-ass; and those we impose to ourselves, discipline and principle.
I make this rules for fun really, and because I know the fun of breaking the rules. Rules bring order to our life, but can also limit us. So to the break the rules gracefully and without hurting anyone, we must bring order to ourselves: a rule for rule breaking.
5 Rules of Rule Breaking
1. Do not break the rules, unless you knew what you are breaking.
2. Do not break the rules, unless you understood what you are breaking.
3. Do not break the rules, unless you knew who made it.
4. Do not break the rules, unless you knew why it became a rule.
5. Do not break the rules, unless you can follow rules.
This post is very meta and intended to be listicles — do not worry if it sounds like an obscene word, it just means an article containing lists. In a world where everyone wants to break the rule but only few know how to do it properly, we need rules for rule breaking. So have fun and feel free to follow my rules, or better yet break it.
1. DO NOT BREAK THE RULES, UNLESS YOU KNEW WHAT YOU ARE BREAKING.
Rule is something that we people have to obey. You are only free to break it if you know what it is. The common defense we rule-breakers made when caught red-handed is that we have no knowledge about the rules, but obviously that’s not make us bad-ass, only stupid. Most rules are stated clearly, widely known, or just plainly obvious. Some are written in books, others become traditions, and some few irritatingly because blog post.
2. DO NOT BREAK THE RULES, UNLESS YOU UNDERSTOOD WHAT YOU ARE BREAKING.
Do I still need to explain this to you? Again, it is another sign of stupidity.
3. DO NOT BREAK THE RULES; UNLESS YOU KNEW WHO MADE IT.
If you knew that the rule-maker has no real authority to impose rules or just someone who will solely benefit to it, you can think of breaking it and even better to ignore it. IMPORTANT: do not trusts the authority of some writer who wrote down rules on his blog just for fun!
4. DO NOT BREAK THE RULES; UNLESS YOU KNEW WHY IT BECAME A RULE.
Rules are there and will forever exists. It must clearly have a purpose: to protect the life and health of people, to protect properties, to maintain peace, and not just to be cooooool.
5. DO NOT BREAK THE RULES; UNLESS YOU CAN FOLLOW RULES.
Do not break rules just for the sake of breaking it! Do it only as a last resort. A great rule-breaker is someone who follows the rules unless it is really needed. If you can’t follow this rules you must not do rule breaking.
HOW TO APPLY/BREAK THIS RULES:
“You can only break the rules if it clearly failed its purpose.”
You don’t always need to be conformist, but most of the time you just need to follow the rules. There are exceptions even when the rules are designed to fit on most situations. It is bad to blindly follow the rules and even worse to break it carelessly. The real wisdom is knowing when to do it.
Do you know that there are people so great at breaking the rules they even changed the way we live? We call them innovators, and be like them, not just a petty rule-breaker.