It’s amazing how many rules we have to govern everything we do. We took the family to the swimming pool today and were surprised at how few people there were there – until we learned that the pool had run out of plastic diaper covers, which are now required in addition to swim diapers after the rounds of sickness last year. Later in the day we had to return an ink cartridge that was bad and we learned about how strict the store policy is on returning ink.
In both cases the rules make sense when you understand why they were made, but it got me wondering if we would need all these rules if people would just be honest, reasonable, and responsible for their own actions. Sometimes it seems that many and strict rules or policies tend to encourage us to turn off our brains (especially for those who are low in the rule enforcement hierarchy) and abandon common sense or even simple decency (neither of those things happened today).