Managing the Bottom 5%

By Pete Lucas, a contributing author:

I really hate rules. I hate rules because I’m a rule-follower. I’m a peacemaker. If someone is rude to me, I am not rude back. If the sign says “no trespassing”, I stay out. I don’t know if it was my religious upbringing, apathy, or just brainwashing, but I have never even wanted to break the rules.

BUT. I hate unnecessary rules, of which there are eleventy-jillion. Ninety five percent of people don’t need the rules because they aren’t the problem in the first place. Rules are made to try and control the five percent of people who have total disregard for the rules. Ironically, these are the same 5% that will ignore the rules designed to manage them.

What we end up with is a society where 95% of the people are following silly rules created for the 5%. That’s why there are roughly 100 quadrillion laws, regulations, and ordinances in the Kansas, and almost 106-infinity in the United States. If you wanted to follow every one of them, there’s no way you could even figure out what they are from city to city.

I resent rules that are made for other people but that affect my life. Joe at the office who takes advantage of having no set lunch hour by taking 2 hours every day. What happens? Well, rather than deal with Joe, managers just make a rule for everyone – “lunch is from 12 to 1 PM.” Well that’s just great. Joe ruined it for the rest of us. And while the rest of us are taking our lunch from 12 to 1, Joe is undoubtedly still attempting to push the boundaries.

We have gun laws to prevent criminals from carrying weapons into a building and shooting people. Unfortunately, the only people that follow the gun laws are the people who weren’t going to do that in the first place. We take the guns out of the hands of the good guys and let the bad guys keep being bad. Great plan.

You think of a rule, and I’ll tell you why it shouldn’t exist. Maybe I’m a libertarian after all.

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