I have always wondered, why we in India do not obey any of the traffic rules or whatsoever. We don’t want to obey any rules in fact. We sharpen our brain in finding ways to escape from the rule, find an exception to the rule or somehow fake that we are following it. There are many real life cases for these.
It is because of such citizens that our country’s status is not really good in the world’s eyes. And it is true – the status is not really good even in our own eyes! But, again, we never bother about such things since we are already preoccupied with other higher priorities in life! 😉
My question is, why are we not following the rules? Is it because, they are not enforced properly or is it because, we are not well-mannered good citizens by nature at all? (Ultimately that’s the opinion others will form on us when they see our country!)
Well, actually I was arguing with a friend that if every citizen has the sense of social responsibility, even without imposing the rules on him, he himself will follow the rules and be nice. So, my point was that rules need not be imposed harder. The acceptance of the rule should come from within and should be a part of your character itself.
But my friend was saying the other way – rules here are just on papers and are not imposed strictly which is why people don’t follow them or behave well. This also sounds good for me. But still I feel the imposing can only be a starting point. If you don’t like following rules, you can always use your brain in finding ways out.
So, I extended this argument to a person from Europe, where they all follow rules properly. To my surprise, he himself said that they are following rules because, it is enforced very strictly! I was surprised and wasn’t convinced at all with his answer. However, it became clear after small discussion that they were trained to obey rules not because rules are good, but because rules are enforced strictly. And starting like that, now it has become a part of their culture or character or whatever! Even now if they don’t impose rules strictly, they might also tend to be like us.
Which makes me to wonder: “We human beings don’t have self-control on our own? Do we need someone else outside to threaten us to make us stay disciplined? We can be well-mannered, drive with sense & responsibility, pay our tax properly, etc. etc only when punishment is awaiting on failing to doing them?”
It is sad but true that this same tactic is used by religion as well – If you don’t stay good, God is going to punish you! So, you are going to be good to other just to avoid punishment from God? That sounds funny to me!
What is your opinion on this? Do you follow rules? If so, you follow them because they are enforced on you strictly or because your sense of social responsibility makes you to obey them?