Reader Opinion: We live by rules
We have fostered a whole new segment of our population who believe rules weren’t meant for them.
This morning I went to the United States Post office to mail a parcel. While I was there, I was so lucky to overhear a discussion between what I assumed was the postmaster and a disgruntled person who wasn’t getting her mail. The gist of the conversation had to do with not playing by the rules set up by the postal service to have mail delivered. The exasperated postmaster explained three times what she had to do to get mail while I was there and she was getting more and more heated because she wasn’t going to accept any of his rules. Luckily my mission was accomplished and I left.
People who won’t play by the rules and demand the rules change for them used to be an anomaly but it seems they are becoming commonplace. Part of the blame for this goes to others in our society who accept this behavior and tolerate it or tolerate it even if they don't accept it. No means no. You can’t have it both ways. There are no rules that don’t impact someone in an adverse way but common sense tells you sometimes that for the greater good, maybe you should get with the program.
Discipline is sorely lacking in this country. We have fostered a whole new segment of our population who believe rules weren’t meant for them. Rules without discipline are just advice.