What are "rules" anyway?

We learned this from a young age didn’t we, do this don’t do that these are the rules and “rules” are a good thing right as with all “good things” like this they keep us in the correct lane when we drive and out of harm’s way.  However rules are interesting things as they define answers to problems by preventing us via suggestion from doing things which “may” cause the “problem” to occur.  The interesting piece of this is the “implied” aspect of the creation of “order” out of all of this.

Why you may ask why I am rambling about this along with topic as well as where will this discussion take us.  While for starters what got me going on this was a trip through a security check point at the airport for a flight to Houston, as there was “one of those guy” that was a “problem” therefore he causes “problems” as those guys tend to do and as luck of luck would have it, he happened to be in front of me.  The “issue” today was as he passed through the security screening check point he had a 7 ounce bottle of sun screen which was a little less than half full. To which the TSA agent shared he could not take the “bottle” through, now for those that might not have traveled lately the “rule” is you are limited to three, 3 ouch items.  Now here is the important part which defines the “problem” as this “rule” was instituted after the UK to US attempted bombing where electrolyte sports drinks where used to assemble a “make shift” bomb in flight.  So by limiting the amount and container size, risk of this repeating was mitigated.

However back to Sunny Sam and his sun screen dilemma, he is arguing with the TSA agents it was less than half so it was “ok” and not in violation of the rule.  So long story short it ended up in the trash can, and off he went to where I ran into him again in the restroom where he was talking aloud complaining of the ignorance of the TSA agent and injustice done to himself as result of having to abandon his half empty sun screen. However Sam missed the point of the “rule” which is the interesting part of this whole thing as it got me thinking of how many times we wander though life without understanding the rules around us.  As when we lose sight of the “reasons” we also lose track of the “problem” and when this happens it means the “rule” simply becomes a “liability“…

About Joseph Campbell

As a strong believer in the fact that "people work for people", it has been a life driver to better to understand the complexities of the various aspects which drive efficiency within this axiom, especially the concepts of leadership. Supporting this, I have been fortunate enough to having experienced this as leader on a global basis over the last decade and half. During this time it has been clear there are three core drivers being Life, Leadership and Economics.
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