What do you value more, playing by the rules or approaching things by any means necessary?
If the rules are rules I care to follow then playing by the rules are important. I do not approach things by any means necessary. I approcah things with the idea that no matter what I do there is giong to be a price that I will have to pay now or later. if I am willing to pay the price then move forward, if not then it is not woth it. Each case is different, there must be thought before action for things to work out well.
Rules are invariably made by folk who want to stop you doing something, or think that if you MUST do something, it must be the way they think it should be done.
Fortunately real life has no rules outside of the ones we all bow down to: gravity etc...
Rules can only be introduced when someone has already done something, and when someone does something which forces a change in the rules, then the rules change, normally to try and stop folk doing that something which required the change.
I disregard rules, accept that legally I am liable to be penalised for ignoring the rules they make, and try to get the job done.
Generally if you succeed, rules are discountable, and the penalties become a small taxation to make the rule makers feel better.
I am not Machiavellian in nature. Therefore, I gravitate towards "playing by the rules" for the most part. There are exceptions; one may not play by the rules if the rules are unfair or perhaps destructive to someone(s). Therefore it is highly conditional. I do indeed recognize an inherent nature in me and you; kind of a natural law that directs you to do the right thing. For instance, to give up your seat for an older person... I would conclude that I value playing by the rules more than any means necessary to accomplish something.
Honest and realistic, this is something very refreshing where playing by the rules is concerned. Some are so rigid that it is only to their detriment whether in some type of missed opportunity or on the flip side, jail time
Thank you Express10; yet it is your question indeed that is enameled with intrigue primarily because it is analogous to a continuum not unlike the light spectrum and when one contemplates it (deeply) one has a tendency to discover a hidden world...
I have always valued playing by the rules. This is how I grew up in the States. Playing by the rules is the right mediator but one not everyone, too often those in authority, goes by. This is quite unfortunate and one of the reasons the world is a mess. Native Americans, Asians and people of ancient times were much more respectful to this in a sence (for their times).
I agree but it's irritating to see people who harm others get ahead by cheating. Even more confusing are rules that aren't rooted in common sense such as a lifeguard being fired for saving a drowning victim outside his patrol area.
I'm rather old fashioned as far as playing by the rules is concerned. It seems pointless to cheat - the only person you are fooling is yourself. It's a little like the poor golfer who goes to the trophy shop and buys himself a nice big shiny cup - what pleasure can be obtained from that. You can extend this philosophy to life in general - once a cheat always a cheat it just underlines your lack of moral worth.
Kind regards Peter
There's an Olympic gold medal swimmer that admitted he cheated by taking extra dolphin kicks because all the other swimmers do. If he didn't, he would not have won the gold. The rule against it is commonly ignored & unenforced, should be deleted.
I agree Express10 - so let's hope he goes home and looks at his gold medal and realises he got it only by cheating. Perhaps his little child will say to him "what do you do to win this gold medal" and he would have to say "I cheated a better athlete
Rules are made and established for a purpose; mainly with the intent that we will abide by them for specific reasons and outcomes. Therefore, I choose to and value playing by the rules.
I agree however, it is annoying when others force you to choose a loss over playing by the rules such as in the case of the Olympic gold medalist who said he had to cheat or he wouldn't have won. http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/la-sp-oly-note
I notice that most people are successful when they play by the rules, but incorporate both approaches when needed. I also notice that some people are stuck completely on one side or another.
The rules bound people are perpetually enraged about "them", the rule breakers. The chronic rule breakers cannot understand that proper conduct, judgement and behavior would keep them out of trouble. Both are, to an extent, dysfunctional people.
Even in my military training, we had to learn how to get past the rules when the rules were interfering with the mission. Real life requires that ability.
Rules are written by people in power. Their first objective is to keep those people in power, which is to say to achieve stability. You have to follow them to a reasonable extent in order to avoid systemic sanction, and many of them have secondary benefits to us all and thus are worthy of respect regardless of their first purpose. It is always necessary, however, to recognize when those rules are destroying your own vital interests, and to know how to break or get around them when you need to. Keep your values in mind first. Those, not other people's rules, are your guiding lights.
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