We have an almost schizophrenic view of rules. On one hand we demand freedom to do whatever we like, but demand greater and firmer restrictions on other’s behavior. Particularly if they’re getting in our way.
I’ve been hesitant to talk about this because it’s not like I have a whole dissertation prepared on the subject. Now, that I think of it, that’s hardly what I’ve given people a reason to expect! xD Maybe you’ve noticed the trend in hero stories. This idea that freedom means no rules. “We need a world of freedom! A world with no rules. Where people can do what they want, because we do not need to be subject to anyone or anything. And as longs as we are, we will fight to get back to a place where we can do the good things that we would naturally do, because humanity is basically good.” Okay not a direct quote from a film, but still this is a trend I’ve seen.
Now, I’m not going to dispute the concept of the unaltered nature of man being good, that’s not really the point of this post. I’m talking about rules. So do we need them? Well as I think about I think of driving. If no one paid attention to the rules about passing the car in front of you on solid double lines, I might seriously consider staying home or flying a helicopter! lol I know that’s not a perfect example, but I think it’s true that we do need some rules, some structure. For years it was the natural law. “Do all you have agreed to do” and “Do not encroach on other people or their property.” Very simple, but loaded. Now if you’re going to believe these things, you have to believe in a higher purpose for man, a creator, a law giver that set basic principles for man’s happiness in place. If you believe we evolved on our own through random chance? “Well what the heck, I’m stronger than you so… I want sex now…” You know, fill in your own blanks. There really is no reason to respect human life, if you believe it’s worthless and you’re just going to be recycled into the system and that’s it. Your main objective, then, would be experiencing as much pleasure and stimulation as you could, regardless of what it actually does to yourself or others.
Now again, this is not thesis, these are my observations. That being said my stories tend favor the idea of a creator; someone who cares about the characters and gives them a reason to care for others because it honors him. Now this is pretty deep because now it’s just “Oh, judge is standing over me, I’d better obey!” You know, kinda like you do when you’re going a little too fast and you see a cop car? =D
This is relationship. You know, there’s an old kids song that talks about being careful what you see, what you do, where you go, “’cause the Father up above is looking down in love.” Now this is not about judge, this is about father. Looking down in love, saying “I love you. I wanna help you. You’re not wired to randomly do your own thing, that’s how you get hurt. Try it my way.” That’s kind of how I see it. Now of course there is judgement, but I’m talking about rules today so…rules it is.
So basically my process is simple. They do because they love and they love because He (Creator) loved them first. Now how is that freaking possible? I don’t know. David was right when he said “O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts andtakes refuge in Him.” (Psalms 34:8) [AMP] What more is there to be said? A lot more, I realize; and as my understanding grows I will probably take up the subject again. For now, as is my preference, my works shall speak for themselves until I feel I can articulate what I want to say in a simple, non-threatening (maybe a little threatening lol j/k) and clear way. Or maybe I’m not as confusing as I think. =P
Either way, those are some of my reflections on the nature of rules, which I’ll be exploring in work on Agents. Hopefully that works out great! Alright my friends, until next time!