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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Totally agree. Awareness, skillful actions, and thinking outside the box are called for. Sometimes courage, too.
Resplendent insight. This and the question has inspired a hub. Hopefully and prayerfully, I'll have it published soon. I also agree that it does require courage in responding to some of the more obscure and dubious rules.
Thank you, Emanate &Unabridged. This responsibility absoultely calls on tremendous courage. I am often challenged by the fact that I find that there is no solution & I must step away from an opportunity for ethical reasons. Unab- pls post yr
Sid, I have had an additional thought on the cleaning women case. Have you found a third option? If not, would you like to hear the thought, privately between us?
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.
Yay for open-minded bosses! Excellent that you were able to convert her/him! (And, it sounds like, no more "kill the messenger".)
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.
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!
Thanks again, E.P.! Another reason I generally follow rules is that somebody(ies) took the time to think about a problem, thought out what to do about it, and made the rule/law/guideline. As you say, they generally protect and help people thrive.
What a treasure trove of insight. Have you considered to write it into a hub?
Were the new rules morphed to allow for evolution, or were they tougher than before, to prevent more breaking?
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.'