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Playing by the rules

Most people know me as a good person.  I border neutral to some eyes, but for the most part, seeing and attempting to embody all that is good in the world is one thing that makes me me.  That being said, I have no respect for the rules.  Rules are guidelines, yes, but few laws are absolute in my eye and some even beg to be broken.  In D&D terms, I am Neutral Good bordering Chaotic Good.  I personally think I am more NG since I don't just believe all law is bad.  I am simply neutral about law and thus NG.  

This does get me in a lot of trouble though.  If a law doesn't work, I break it cleanly with an open posture and an honest disposition.  I could spout out examples from my teaching, but today I will share a recent event that bordered the inane.  

I broke into the DeYoung museum.  

I just didn't even realize it was a bad thing to do!  I was going into the Museum cafe for a job interview at the cafe.  It was closed, but employees were skittering about getting coffee in the cafe so I figured I would try to find a way in.  The Japanese garden was closed, but a gate was unlocked, so I snuck in.  There was a little gate leading into the courtyard from the garden, so I snuck in.  There was a door leading into the museum, so I walked in.  About when I was in the cafe, a security guard stopped me and was like, "who the fuck are you?"

I spoke honestly and openly, "I am here for a job interview and was trying to find the person to talk to."

"Yeah, I don't know how the hell you got in here, but the security office is out front and you should go out whatever way you came in and get a badge like everyone else."

The museum is filled to the brim with gossipy ladies.  By the time the place opened and I gained legal entrance, the whole museum was piping about some mysterious kid breaking into the museum and my contact in the cafe knew it was me.  She was PISSED!  

Needless to say, I didn't get the job interview.  

I don't follow unjust rules.  This was not an unjust rule, but it was a rule to keep thiefs away-- I am no thief, so it should be fine.  I will follow chain of command, I will work for the greater good, I will follow rules that work, but if something is broken, I will try to fix it.  I know the rules still apply to me, I am not immune to consequences, but I feel that when someone sees my results and looks back to my actions to find them slightly unlawful in a non-threatening way, I feel that instead of being concerned, they will say instead, "huh..." and think about why they had not thought to do it that way instead.  I feel that the good shines through my unlawful actions and will at least appear harmless, if not actually helpful.

Of course, today was "harmless" as opposed to "helpful."  Helpful might be when I show that writing on desks has practical as well as socioemotional applications so long as you remain considerate to the owners if the desks.  That is a story for another day though.  As is the story of whether or not God will forgive me since I sinned today by breaking and entering.

But of course, maybe I am simply lost: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=g-like&v=5y_KJAg8bHI

1 comment:

  1. In a way I agree, and in a way I don't agree. I'll try and explain my reasoning behind it. The way you say you broke into the museum, I can't even really take it as breaking in.. you just tried to find an opportunity and got caught along the way. By the way I see you mark the guards reactions, and his demeanor, I'd be best to say he's a bitter old shit . I've never done something like what you've done here, I can't even really see any real.. offense to it. You took a chance and it did not come to fruition unfortunately. It was their fault for not having the doors locked, lol.

    Being true to the rules or not is subject to one's self. Laws and rules are flawed, biased and most of the time abused. I stay clean.. I just do the best I can without harming anyone or anything in the way, and if need be I will go 'around'. Laws.. especially, are made under the rule of mankind, and mankind is far from being just. We're one hell of a messed up society, and in every single persons eyes, the outlook is different. What one sees as you being a thief, another sees you as an opportunist.. even though a little suspicious in the process. Why fault when no harm is done?

    Mankind judges based off an individuals discretion, regardless of it being right or wrong, true or false. There's always another side to the story, and usually the ones at fault are the ones won't listen to the other side.

    I'm not a very religious person, I'm someone who believes that there is something out there, whether in the Heavens or in the stars, beyond our galaxy our spiritually in the molten core of this planet.. but this God is someone who would not judge a human so harshly. Why do I say that? Because I believe that for one to judge another, for one to bow to another, for one to preach to another, is the exact meaning of the Devil. We control our fate, and whether I say it or not, you are forgiven.

    Off to bed for me, it's almost 4 in the morning... good night!