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