Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Joyful Jamming 3/19/09

If they give you ruled paper write the other way.

Juan Jiminez
Fancy meeting you here.
There is a difference between laws and rules. Part of wisdom is knowing the difference, There are civil laws and natural laws. If we disobey the civil laws, there will be chaos in the streets. If we disobeyed the natural laws, the beans won't grow. Some rules are also laws, but other rules are nothing more than habits.

"This is the way to do it," "Why?" "Because we've always done it this way." "Why?" "Because this is the best way to do it." "Have you ever done it any other way?" "No." "Then how do you know it's the best way?"

There are some rules we have to follow. When filling out our U. S. income tax form we have to put the proper information in the proper box or the IRS gets very uppity.

In the arts the rules are broken all the time, thank goodness. I know I wrote about one of my favorite directors, Charlie Hensley, who came into rehearsal one day with a button which read "There are no rules." When I saw that I knew it was going to be a good, productive rehearsal session, which it was. We wrote our own rules.

Arts are not the only place where ignoring and rewriting of rules can take place. Science, business, sports and education are some areas where writing a different way on the ruled paper gets results.

Of course, we have to know the rules before we can break them. My Uncle Harold Cole loved playing baseball when he was young. He carried a rule book in his pocket whenever he played. When there was a dispute about a play, he could take out the book and settle it. He went on to become a scout and coach for a Major League team.

Rules will get changed or discarded when they become useless, out of fashion or improved upon. But we will never know if they become old unless we challenge the use of them and think up a better way of doing things. Writing the wrong way on the paper may not yield good results but it says that you are not being led around by the finger and following the trail of the ordinary everyday traveler.

Don't mistake rules for laws. Follow the rules you choose to follow, otherwise write your own. They may call you eccentric, paradoxical and unorthodox. So what? That's what they call me. And it doesn't hurt.

Spring is coming. Hold your breathe.


Linda S. Socha said...

Well Said DB.

Gerry said...

I think I wrote you an e-mail a while ago talking about doing an old play of mine and I went to sleep and when I woke up I thought bad idea, for not only do old rules sometimes need to be discarded so something new can evolve, old plays need to be forgotten when they are past their time but egotists hang on to cherished creations and do not make room for new ones because they are not theirs.

Big Mark 243 said...

Not mistaking 'rule' for 'laws' ... that is a good one to keep around, you know?

Linda's World said...

For some reason, my "Blogs I Follow" list is not updating. Just wanted you to know...I found this entry by going thru my 'Dashboard.' How ya doing? Did you recover from your big birthday party?

Joyce said...

I've always been one to follow the rules...not make waves etc. Now? Not so much. I've kind of abandoned rules since I retired (or I make them up as I go along).
Hugs, Joyce

Beth said...

I agree for the most part, but have to point out one thing about rules and/or laws in science. While creative thinking and the ability to see beyond current boundaries is important in research, in the clinical lab, there is no such thing as changing the procedures. There are regulations set by inspection agencies, and for both legal and patient care reasons, they must be adhered to.

Sorry to sound like a stick-in-the-mud. Just wanted to clarify things!

Hugs, Your Friendly Neighborhood Microbiologist

P.S. Obey's the law! ;)

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

The rules of our english language have always confounded me :o)

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