There are laws, and there are rules. Some serve us, some don’t…
A law is so to speak “written in stone” and hard to change. Rules are the “individual babies” of various institutions. “Babies” the leadership decided to vote in with the scope to boost the good functioning of the institution.
Recently, life forced me to reflect at a deeper level on the topic of laws and rules, as one specific “rule,” affected my life deeply and not in a positive way.
How many times have I heard that one thing or another could not happen, could not be done, because a law, from years before, prevented an action. An action, which under the new circumstances of our lives would have been beneficial to people. Yes, people, as in the very humans (or their grandchildren) who made the laws in the first place. Did it ever happen to you? This realization, made me question:
Do we make the laws or do they make us? Are we prisoners of our own laws?
Furthermore, knowing that the only certain thing in life is CHANGE, how could people change old laws using a timely democratic system, to meet the present needs of the majority adequately?
Another, less permanent category, are new “rules” (not yet laws) made in principle to “improve the good functioning of a institution and serve its clients.” The rules are made at local levels and at surface they are made keeping in mind the benefits of the clients.
However, a personal experience, forced me to look at a deeper level and made me question the true goals of a specific rule…This “rule” affected my life at a very personal level, at a time when I was counting on support and was paying for it.
On a superficial analysis, the rule seemed illogical, but on a deeper level, I thought the new rule was not made having in mind the clients’ benefits, but to boost profits to the institution as a primary goal. Hmm… what do the “wise ones” say?” FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!
Generally new rules have the hidden or explicit role to boost profits. Nothing wrong with it, but what if this is a health care facility, even worse, a mental health facility of great reputation. What if these apparently benign new rule, impacts negatively the lives of people who are already affected by emotional problems? They had the need and the courage to walk in the facility, answer endless questionnaires, put their most intimate problems on a plate and start treatment trusting their therapist and the system? How about them? How about if the new rule disrupts a process already hard? What could be the consequences to the very people the facility is responsible to serve and help? I could only speak for myself…
This post might seem mysterious, as I do not name “names,” but the problem of a rule made by a specific institution, affected me profoundly and is at the core of what inspired this writing. Why I decided to write about it?
I made a commitment to JUSTICE and TRUTH and am holding myself responsible to the promise I made:
Always write the NUDE TRUTH. I am still in a process of “discovery” and this post will have a follow up. It will have the same title (plus PART II.)
Meanwhile, I’d appreciate your opinions on the basic question of laws and rules, who they serve and how could they be changed through a more expeditious democratic system when and if they cease to accomplish the very purpose for which they were made in the first place? Could you think of any such laws/rules, that affected you?