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Are rules in general meant to be questioned, followed, bent or broken?


For example, when I worked in the health care field for persons with developmental disabilities, state regulations put such pressure on the agency that some things went very out of balance. The agency had great fear of being shut down and made decisions which did not consider the whole picture There was a bright young man in the agency with whom I disputed the blind following of agency policy. His comment, "Rules are rules" shook me. Is it standard practice that people follow rules without thinking for themselves?

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Sid Kemp (SidKemp) says

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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 3 years ago

    Totally agree. Awareness, skillful actions, and thinking outside the box are called for. Sometimes courage, too.


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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 3 years ago

    I like that - questioned, morphed and followed. Marvelous that your boss has come to love questions and information. Sounds like that person's awareness has expanded and by morphing rules stagnation is replaced by evolution.


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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 3 years ago

    Once again you provide a provocative angle of perspective. At least I had not considered the angle of how frequently the guidelines that have value and purpose in society, to protect it and enable individuals to thrive, are ignored. Good points!


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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    I like your last, '..question and suggest changes.' I once heard of a stoplight in a middle-of-nowhere desert. Stupid? No. The bright sunlight made drivers unable to see cross-traffic and many accidents occurred there before the light was installed.

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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 3 years ago

    That is an interesting point, platinumOwl. Didn't know about it. I have just published a hub which includes reference to an indigenous people in Idaho, who called themselves People of the Sun. The hub is 'Return to the River of No Return.'

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Lisa HW says

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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 3 years ago

    What a treasure trove of insight. Have you considered to write it into a hub?

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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 3 years ago

    Were the new rules morphed to allow for evolution, or were they tougher than before, to prevent more breaking?

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