“It is only rules
that make a thing
right or wrong,
and any judgment
is in the authority
of the rule maker."
— Terry Minion
Things are not inherently right or wrong. Whether it is a stop sign, a contract, a mission statement, or the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, it is the rules that are made that make a thing right or wrong and the rule-maker who makes judgment. These come in terms of laws, edicts, commandments, statements of facts, etc..
So, it's the middle of the night and you come to a four-way stop sign, and you can see for miles in all directions and there is zero traffic. Do you stop, or slow down and cruise through? Is it wrong to drive through and right not to? Or is it right to stop and wrong not to? What makes it right or wrong? It's only the rules, and the sign is just a physical representation of the rules.
Does that make rules wrong? No, but I think it is important to just conceptualize and accept that it is the rules that make a thing right or wrong, but not the thing itself, and that whoever is making the rules is the judge or their assignee.
Consequently, there is infinite gray area in rules and unlimited interpretation. So, even with rules, it cannot be so cut and dried as right and wrong, and that is mainly because regardless of the vastness of the gray area in rules, these are just rules, and the judgment is made by the rule maker. Ultimately, we make our own decisions by accepting others' rules as our own or making our own.
Of Course, The Advantage Of Making Your Own Rules, Is That The Judgement Call Is Yours Since You Are Thereby The Rule Maker.
Spread Some Joy Today by making some of your own rules today. How about making a rule to have joy in your life every single day!