Rules, Rules and More Rules
Rules are necessary and helpful. They allow us to live more comfortably as a society since, let’s face it, but for the ramifications of crime there would probably be more people commiting them.
Be that as it may, sometimes we become so stuck on following rules that practicality, logic, and common sense go out the window <Milgram Experiment, ahem>.
So when is it ok to bend the rules?
Rules do maintain a certain level of order and peace so if everyone went around breaking them none of us would be very happy for long. But in a world full of colorful nuances and colorful people, is it safe to say that in Most cases rules should be followed but sometimes there are exceptions to the rule?
Like when your wife is in labor and you’re trying to get her to the hospital as safely – and expediently – as possible. Its late at night and no cars are around. Do you speed?
Or when you desire to cross a typically busy street but in this moment there are no cars in sight – but the light for you is red. Do you cross anyway?
So in keeping with these dilemmas that could send us reeling into philosocical territories unknown: How would YOU handle the following (this is just a social experiment):
There is a Unisex lockerroom at work. There are two bathrooms located at one end of the Unisex locker room. One of the bathrooms is marked |Male| on the wall and the other bathroom is marked |female|. Both bathrooms accomodate 2 people, have a private stall and door inside and have a locking mechanism on the main door as well as the inside door.
[For clarification for those who need it: The male bathroom has 2 urinals and a large private stall with a door and a lock. The outter main door locks so you could be the only one in the bathroom if you desire. The female bathroom has two private stalls with a door and a lock. The outer main door locks so you could be the only one in the bathroom if you desire.]
Both bathrooms are clean, in fact the male one is always cleaner than the female one, dispelling all the stereotypes.
YOU are a woman who has to go to the bathroom really, really badly BUT the female one is occupied and the door is locked.
The male bathroom is wide open, clean and there are no men to be found in this moment in this Unisex lockerroom space.
Your body is responding in one way.; your brain is responding in another.
The only thing standing in the way of your liberation is your state of mind.
What do you do?
Nothing is either good or bad but Thinking makes it so…