To quote Mark Twain:
“Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret ANYTHING that makes you smile.”
In life, there are plenty of unwritten rules—on a bus or subway offer your seat to the elderly, don’t walk into a restaurant five minutes before they close, and stand on the right side of an escalator. Rules are guidelines everyone is expected to follow. I’ve never been comfortable breaking the rules—or maybe I’m simply afraid of being caught. But I think we all have a bit of the devil in us—I certainly do. I drive faster than the speed limit.
Rules for success: In my opinion, principles of truth go hand in hand with our conscience. Too many times people try to be successful without obeying their sense of right and wrong. They may try to take shortcuts to success, or they may sacrifice their family, friends or other people for the sake of success. Unfortunately, that is just bad success, and will eventually do them more harm than good.
Rules for sports: I love football. For most football sports fans “taking a knee in the final minutes” is an unwritten rule. Usually this rule goes along the lines of not running up the score. There’s no reason to show your opponent up when the outcome of the game has already been determined. You’re supposed to take the knee, shake their hands, and walk off the field with their integrity intact.
Rules of the Internet (anything goes): There are a lot of places in the world that are actively using the technology of the Internet to control the free communication among citizens, to identify critics of the government, to trash Hollywood and actors and harm them. We need to be mindful that the tools that are implemented on the Net are tools for the global Net. Everything we say or do effects a real life person. Being rude or mean because “it’s just the Internet” is not an excuse. The Internet is what we make it. The Internet is a big place. The rules seem to fluctuate and the validity of each rule is debatable. Maybe some future generation will figure out the true guideposts of Internet life. There seems to be a lot of rules that work for the creators more than anyone else.