Sep 4, 2010
There are those who will claim that rules are unavoidable. But there are also those of us who have experienced what can happen when rules go too far. In the Air Force, there was a time when it didn't seem to matter if someone knew which end of a rifle is pointed at the target, so long as there was a nice haircut on your head. And when dealing with religion or spirituality, there can sometimes seem to be no end to the rules
Rules do have a purpose. They do make boundaries. To tell a small child not to play in the street, for instance, is reasonable and makes much sense. Within the boundaries made by rules, we are more free because the rules keep the dangers away.
But, there can be more rules added in until things get stifling. Lent is one example. Or there was the young girl who was convinced that eating meat on Friday would end her life.
Some excesses and some quibblings over when a rule is needed and whether a rule is or is not broken can make for some rather humorous parody, too!
So, what do you do with rules? Much!
Let's explore that today.