Wednesday, September 2, 2009

We don't need many rules...but some


School days, School days....
Whatever happened... to the good 'ol golden rule days?!

edit...I gather now that this new rule wasn't quite as extreme as I originally tho't - but nonetheless it's sad when rules are instilled for our safety - & eventually there are so many rules that we are trapped - but safe...supposedly.


Seems there's a new rule at the high school. Students are no longer allowed to use the main entrance during school hours & instead, ALL must funnel thru' one narrower side entrance in order to "better monitor student traffic." As it is, every minute of their day is scheduled & most every move is monitored in some way shape or form & there's such a loooooong list of things they can not do that the "can do list" seems to pale in comparison. There are SO many rules...& yet you should see what the kids manage to get away with ... don't even get me started here. I just don't get it. But all the rules are obviously not working & so they are obviously not the answer to all the problems - & I cringe every time I hear of a new rule (or in society, a new law) bc I realize yet another precious piece of freedom has been sacrificed. Please don't get me wrong - I'm not an anarchist by any means - but nor am I in favor of Big Govt. aka Big Brother.

"All of this" bro't to mind a past post of mine that I polished up a bit & tho't to share below. Before I do tho' - you may be asking why I send one daughter to public school & homeschool the other. The short answer is that it's Playmaker's choice to go to public high school - & it requires a great deal of faith on both her part & ours. The long answer - which includes the "whys" behind her choice & our decision to support her, I'll plan to share in a future post ... but I will say, it is very interesting having one child in public school & another that's homeschooled. I'm certainly given a rather unique persepective on the advantages & disadvantages of both.


Considering K.I.S.S.ing Rules Goodbye"

"We don't need many rules....but some."

I underlined these words in one of my favorite books. In the "but some" lies personal conflict as I try to figure out which rules are essential. I tend to challenge rules by trying to find exceptions to &/or ways around them (ie. loopholes!). Seems each time I'm subject to a new rule/law I lose more of the freedom I enjoy so much!

Understanding that two-rules encompass all the good rules, I'm considering "
K.I.S.S.ing" (Keep It Simple, Stupid!) most rules goodbye by attempting to follow just the two (commandments) that Jesus said were the greatest. When I'm conflicted, I know enough to check my motive (the why behind what I'm doing or not doing) & attempt do what Jesus would do. If I'm successful then no one will be able to fault me - unless the rules I break in that process are bad rules to begin with.

Matthew 22: 34 - 40 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

Think about it. If everyone followed these two rules there would be no need for any others (aka
freedom!!).

Given that Adam & Eve had only one rule to follow - & the rest is History (His Story!) causes me to consider that
KISSing most rules good-bye might not be as easy at it seems it should be - given my tendency to push the very same envelope I'd like to seal w/ a 'K.I.S.S.'

2 comments:

Mug said...

AMEN!...To all of your thought-provoking ramblings...

We Do tend to make things so complicated, do we not?! My father was a big proponent of the K.I.S.S. rule...Keep it Simple Stupid..........We heard it often....and he used it for everything...including food:)

Of course, human nature being what it is...many people (of all ages) seem to think that "rules are meant to be broken"...If we all followed Jesus'(2) commandments, I guess life would be almost Heaven? Hmmm...

MyStory of HiStory said...

Good Morning Mug. Yes - you said it so well - & used a lot less words than I did :) Bravo!