This episode in a way springs off the topic of today’s Miyagi Morning’s video which was about getting past fear. As I was doing that video it occurred to me how many times I have talked about today’s subject in pieces and parts. So many people really think if they just “follow the rules” it is the safest and most reliable course of action.
Yet here is a fact I have observed in my life. The happiest and most successful people in life that I know have tended to be those that “broke the rules” and I have to say I am chief among them. Everything I did in my life involved breaking the rules. Some that were “real rules”, in other words there was some punishment if you got caught doing it. But most were what I call phantom rules.
What is a phantom rule? A rule with no teeth of enforcement. Here is an example, many people speed all th time, this is breaking a real rule. If you get caught you get a fine, worse if you do it at the wrong time you can get killed or even kill someone else. You can be crippled or cripple someone else. Yet people speed all the time, I bet you have done so many times in you life.
This “rule” has two enforcement mechanisms, one is basic reality. There is a speed to fast for just about any condition that can result in injury or worse. The second rule is one of “law of man” there is actually a “written law” and mechanism of enforcement (fines). Most things we see as “rules” in society today though do not have the second mechanism of enforcement. While there are consequences good and bad of breaking them, no one is going to fine you or arrest you for “breaking them”.
Sadly unlike speeding most people follow them blindly. Most of us do a risk/reward calculation with speeding. If I do 10MPH in good conditions on the highway I likely won’t bet pulled over, if I do I will get a ticket and pay the fine. We enjoy speed and so we drive a bit faster but stay inside our range for the situation. Today I am going to talk about how many rules we obey with no need of doing so and what happens where we start looking at them this same way.
How do I break this rule and benefit from doing so? Along with how do I mitigate the risk (if one even exists) in breaking this rule? And finally, what is the risk of following this rule when it should be broken?
Trust me the people who control society fear this type of thinking above just about anything else in society. A people who ask these questions are difficult if not impossible to control. It is precisely whey they have criminalized so many “victimless crimes”. And when they can’t criminalize a thing with law, they so so via perceived authority.
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