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  • Rule follower or rule breaker?
  • Premier Icon coolhandluke
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    Well?

    I’m certainly a rule breaker.

    What category are you in?
    Interested following a conversation regarding people who follow rules, despite knowing they are wrong.

    rene59
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    I make my own rules, then break them.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Rule breaker (but only when they’re just daft)

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Quite often a rule maker tbh. Happily break them when they’re stupid, keep them when they’re good.

    bencooper
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    What kind of rules are we talking about here? Don’t fart in a lift? Obey speed limits?

    deadlydarcy
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    I rake the boules.

    It’s a shit job but someone has to do it.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    What kind of rules are we talking about here?

    Basic 10 Commandment stuff eg Though shall not kill etc etc

    Premier Icon porter_jamie
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    i have one basic rule. don’t take the piss. if you follow that everything generally works out ok

    matther01
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    I only break the stupid nonsensical ones…so pretty much most EU directives.

    Premier Icon igm
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    I’m never entirely sure what the rules are (velominati aside)

    IanMunro
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    After climbing over a gate which had a “No public access” sign in Scotland many years ago, I asked a local about the sign.

    “Oh that’s just there for people who like to obey signs”

    Premier Icon MSP
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    I bet there far far more people who label themselves as rule beakers, than actually break the rules. It is just one of the most basic self fantasies that everyone believes differentiates them from everyone else.

    deadlydarcy
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    I once fooled a hake.

    bencooper
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    I bet there far far more people that label themselves as rule beakers, than actually break the rules. It is just one of the most basic self fantasies that everyone believes differentiates them from everyone else.

    Like the way the desk sign “You don’t have to be crazy to work here but it helps” is a sure sign of a stuck-up bore.

    I keep trying to break the laws of gravity, no luck so far,

    bencooper
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    I once fooled a hake.

    Do you make a habit of fooling fish? Confused a carp? Flummoxed a flounder? Bamboozled a bream?

    deadlydarcy
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    If I’m passing a Belgian fishmonger, I’ll ask him if I can take some moules.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    I follow them unless they are blatantly self-defeating.

    If there were no rules there would be anarchy, and few of the internet hardmen would really want that.

    labsey
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    I occasionally eat stuff past its use by date…

    Premier Icon coolhandluke
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    What kind of rules are we talking about here? Don’t fart in a lift? Obey speed limits?

    If you have to ask, you aren’t a rule breaker.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Let’s face it every one who drives a car is a rule breaker.

    grantway
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    Always happy to break the Rules set by rich Victorians

    Premier Icon SaxonRider
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    Rule breaker. I know it’s egotistical, but I have always felt claustrophobic when there are too many rules. Also, it’s kind of enjoyable breaking them.

    For example:

    A mini-roundabout, painted on the road. Queues of cars wishing to drive straight, gently circumnavigating the white painted circle. I just drive over it.

    Very satisfying.

    Premier Icon igm
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    Saxon – you’re allowed to do that

    yossarian
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    There is no authority but yourself

    CountZero
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    I bet there far far more people who label themselves as rule beakers, than actually break the rules. It is just one of the most basic self fantasies that everyone believes differentiates them from everyone else.

    Well, I work on the principle that they’re there to be broken, man-made as they are, generally speaking.
    I ride bikes on some footpaths in the country, seeing as how they’re a legal construct that’s only existed since the 1960’s, and they’re civil law anyway. Footpaths alongside roads, however, no.
    I break speed limits, too, where road and conditions allow it; 30 past a school when the kids are coming out, even if allowed, is daft, but if it’s outside school hours, no problem. 70 in fog or pouring rain, snow, even if legal, is stupid; the same road in fine, dry conditions, with no traffic, then 80-90, no problem. Common-sense rules.
    Laws of nature, on the other hand…
    I’m pretty sure the usual suspects will be along to rip me a new one later.
    Like I give a toss; I’ve got to nearly sixty, without killing or seriously injuring myself, or anyone else, by applying common-sense, not stopping now.

    deadlydarcy
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    I’m pretty sure the usual suspects will be along to rip me a new one later.

    They’re too busy masturbating while reading your post over a few times. I nearly cracked one off myself but I’m in the middle of my tea.

    thegreatape
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    At home, a rule breaker, apparently, from the amount of reprimands I’m issued 🙁

    At work, well…

    Premier Icon imnotverygood
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    “Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.”

    Unfortunately it tends to be the idiots who think they can live by this adage.

    samuri
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    I set the rules. But they’re not for me. They’re for everyone else.

    aka_Gilo
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    In my head Anarchy in the UK plays on constant loop.

    In reality I’m depressingly law / rule abiding.

    Premier Icon stavromuller
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    To quote Barbosa, I prefer to think of them more as guidelines.

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    coolhandluke – Member
    Well?

    I’m certainly a rule breaker.

    ‘course you are.

    Premier Icon Garry_Lager
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    Rule follower here, day to day. I think, deep down, we’d all get along and be happier if we just followed the rules a bit more. Formed an orderly queue, deferred to the person who was stood at the bar before you, obeyed red lights. Take your licks when you messed up, and not demand an exception be made.

    That’s day to day. When it comes to the serious stuff – rules of thought, then it’s different. If you’re lucky enough to do something creative for a living, you will never have success if you don’t break some of the rules, some of the time. The trick is obv knowing which rules, and which time. That’s the difference between a contrarian bore that no one listens to, and a visionary.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Garry_Lager – Member

    I think, deep down, we’d all get along and be happier if we just followed the rules a bit more

    Domestication innit. Fetch the stick, good boy, have a bone. Every time you see a dog remember it used to be a wolf, now it’s a pet. Same is true of its owner. Trained over generations for obedience and stupidity and dependence.

    Premier Icon surroundedbyhills
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    I tried breaking the rules once, but the binmen won’t come just cause I put mine out on a Monday.

    bencooper
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    Yeah, except wolves live in organised groups with lots of rules. The analogy doesn’t really work.

    Premier Icon binners
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    I’m a wild eyed loner standing at the gates of oblivion, so hitch a ride with me cause I’m on the last freedom moped out of nowhere city!

    organic355
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    I had a similar thought when getting in the lift at work the other day in that there are 2 types of people (in lifts).

    Those that get in and stand by the buttons, and politely ask everyone that enters which floor they would like and those that get in hit the button and step to the back of the lift.

    I am the latter, does that make me a bad person?

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    bencooper – Member

    Yeah, except wolves live in organised groups with lots of rules.

    Which they make for themselves within their groups, because they work, exactly like humans used to. So yeah, the analogy kind of does work.

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    Garry_Lager – Member
    Rule follower here, day to day. I think, deep down, we’d all get along and be happier if we just followed the rules a bit more. Formed an orderly queue, deferred to the person who was stood at the bar before you, obeyed red lights. Take your licks when you messed up, and not demand an exception be made.

    That’s day to day. When it comes to the serious stuff – rules of thought, then it’s different. If you’re lucky enough to do something creative for a living, you will never have success if you don’t break some of the rules, some of the time. The trick is obv knowing which rules, and which time. That’s the difference between a contrarian bore that no one listens to, and a visionary.

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    Northwind – Member
    Garry_Lager – Member
    I think, deep down, we’d all get along and be happier if we just followed the rules a bit more

    Domestication innit. Fetch the stick, good boy, have a bone. Every time you see a dog remember it used to be a wolf, now it’s a pet. Same is true of its owner. Trained over generations for obedience and stupidity and dependence.

    I’m sort of with Gary here, a large majority of rules are there to try and help us all rub along together on a daily basis with the minimum practicable disruption…

    Not that I’m against “Rule Breaking” in the right context, for the right reasons sometimes it has to be done, but breaking rules for the sake of it, because you define yourself as a “Rule Breaker” is a bit lame TBH…

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