Why should I follow the school rules

Make rules, obey rules

When you think about rules, sentences like "don't speak with your mouth full" or "take your hat off in the classroom" or "chewing gum is not allowed in school" come to mind. The interesting thing about such rules is that they are the first ones that come to mind. But these are not all the rules. Rules that get on your nerves are more likely to stick with you.

If you continue to dig through the rules that surround you in everyday life, you quickly realize how much of what we do and what influences us depends on rules. It also becomes clear that not all rules are bad in principle. But most of the time, these "bad" rules come to mind first. Of course, that doesn't mean that all other rules are good, fair, or beautiful rules. It's just not the rules that you have in mind at the moment or that are current. Of course, what is good, fair, beautiful or bad can be discussed.

For example, I have no way of knowing whether the other person thinks the rule that "chewing gum is forbidden in school" is just as stupid as I do. Maybe the other person doesn't like chewing gum at all or is bothered by it because the smacking distracts him or the chewed chewed gum residues that stick under his table afterwards. For such a person, the rule that chewing gum should not be chewed in school would make absolutely sense and make things easier. Not so for me, because I like chewing gum and maybe I can concentrate better while chewing.

So you can see that rules have to be viewed from different perspectives. But who has the right to set a rule? And is it fair when only one person is in charge? Because the rule, which is only established by one person, may only represent his interests! By and large, rules are there to gain control and power over certain things that previously seemed uncontrolled or unsatisfactory. So because there is a rule that no chewing gum is chewed in class, my teachers can forbid me from chewing gum. But which rule gives my teachers or all rule writers (including me) the right to make rules? After all, there has to be some, because otherwise I could just come up with my own rules for my environment.

So you can tell that our world is literally "regulated". There is a rule for everything. The world would likely sink into chaos without rules. At least that's what we assume. Because we don't know a world without rules. But is that so? Or are we just so used to this whole structured and prescribed life? And how would humanity be without rules? Most will now imagine an uncivilized, rough, anti-social, wild, uncontrollable crowd. But what if it were exactly the opposite? What if we weren't exactly that? Maybe we'd just act like most social people imagine we'd be: friendly, helpful, and kind.

In any case, we could no longer break the rules. Things that we would violate in the rule world, we would perhaps refrain from in the non-rule world by themselves, simply because we would no longer enjoy them. Or we would see everything much more loosely. Which would be neither good nor bad. Ultimately, however, a world without rules would not work. Because then you would have to forbid the establishment of rules, which in turn would be a rule.

On the whole, rules are a really interesting topic that you can think about for a long time and from many different perspectives. Personally, I think that with rules you always have to see several perspectives in order to really understand them. Namely that of the rule prescribers and that of the people who have to adhere to the rules. In and of themselves, rules are really not a bad thing, because they regulate togetherness. However, some rules are simply superfluous and annoying!