Turns out, this show is only available on Hulu. Now, call me a trogolodyte, but - although I have heard of Hulu, I've never used it, and wasn't really sure what it was.... oh wait, this doesn't really matter.
Anyway, what matters is that while I was watching this program, one of the characters says to the main character.. "I don't like the rules." And the main character replies
"Then don't play the game."
And it struck me, that maybe this isn't a bad philosophy. If you don't like the rules, then don't play the game.
Sure, you have other options... interestingly enough, the show was about options. But in real life, if you don't like the rules, you can ignore them, you can change them, or you can choose to not play the game.
Now, ignoring rules, in my book, is never a good idea. Rules are there for a reason; without rules, there's anarchy. Oh sure, if only a few ignore the rules, you don't really have anarchy, you have rebels. Although if others see the rebels, and start following their lead and ignoring the rules, now you DO have anarchy. And even without that concern... if you're not following the rules -- well then, you're cheating, aren't you? and you're not really playing the game, at least not with any integrity.
You can always try to change the rules... but in a sense, changing the rules, changes the game... so you're no longer playing the same game, you've created your own game, and you're hoping that others follow along, leaving the original game and joining your game.
But choosing to not play... now that's the decision of an individual. A decision full of integrity. It neither relies on followers, nor encourages followers... it's a statement that stands on its own. It says - I acknowledge the rules, I choose to not follow them, and I'm not playing the game.
Yeah, I really like this. If you don't like the rules, then don't play the game. Of course, it's not always easy to figure out what the game is,or what the rules are, but once you do that, the rest is real easy.. Either play the game and follow the rules, or if you don't like the rules then don't play the game.
And while it's not a rule that I have a cup of tea after I write my posts, there's no rule against it either. So I'm off to make another cup of tea.