This is a philosophical statement. It is intended to spark thinking and examining.
Consider for a moment the idea of rules.
Consider that rules are not the great inhibitor, or a restraint, or an attack on choice.
Consider that we make rules to empower us.
Consider that we make rules to empower us to get that which we want in life.
If you play, or enjoy watching, a sport, then this concept is very clear.
Because a sport is nothing but rules.
The first rule of a sport is often something like “it is more important to have the ball over there than it is to have it over here.”
Then we create rules to limit how you can get the ball over there.
Sometimes very intricate and amazing rules, with paragraphs and sub-paragraphs:
“Added new Rule 6.03(a)(4) regarding a batter who throws his bat and hits the catcher. Exception now applies to Rules 6.03(a)(3) and 6.06(a)(4). Comment now applies to 6.03(a)(3) and 6.06(a)(4).”
That is one rule from two pages of rule changes made in a single year to a 170 page rule book.
And we enter 100% voluntarily into them.
Why? Because it’s fun.
We’ve created a ruleset to empower us to have a great time.
It is, of course, the same with all games, not just sports.
And it is the same within our personal lives and our communities.
Like a rather common rule that says “you can’t just walk up and take someone’s stuff.”
Why did we create that rule?
Because it empowers us to get what we want in life: The opportunity to focus on things other than combat training, being at ease and not always on guard, security, a life of less stress, one full of ease, where we can be and playful and joyous and waltz around with abandon.
Rules that empower us.
And we even task others to maintain and insist on those rules.
We create umpires and referees.
We send them out onto the field, or onto the broader scale of our community, or the grand scale of our country, to maintain those rules.
Rules allow us to operate together to strive forwards together.
We can look at our intentions, be fully grounded in what’s actually happening, and create our rules accordingly.
Errata is very possible, if need be. Even for a league that’s been around for 114 years.
All towards empowerment of who we are, and what we want:
Lives full of health, ease, grace, safety, love, enjoyment, fulfillment, expression, passion, fun, and peace of mind.