Follow the rules - almost - always

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 October, 2010, 12:00am

What are rules? Rules are principles or instructions that state the way things should be done and whether they are allowed to be done or not.

I believe rules are made to be obeyed, not to be broken. Yet Hong Kong residents seem unaware of this. For example, they cross roads where there are no traffic lights, don't turn off their mobile phones when watching films, and talk loudly in the library.

I'm sure you've seen examples of rule-breaking. You may even have done it yourself. But obeying rules is a kind of respect, for both yourself and the people around you.

This kind of respect allows things to run smoothly. Without rules, nothing can be done properly. In a world without rules, people would do whatever they wanted, and the world would collapse.

We need self-discipline to help us obey rules, so that we don't feel the desire to disobey. We also need patience to think about our actions and their consequences.

Yuen Tze-hin, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Tze-hin. In most cases, rules allow us to live safe and happy lives. They make it easier to get along with the people around us - this is very important in such a crowded city. So it is annoying when you find some people are selfish enough to ignore them.

However, that does not mean we should always follow the rules and laws blindly. Sometimes they are wrong, and they do need to be questioned. For instance, when rules say that people of a certain colour, sex or religion may not enter a place, they definitely need to be questioned.

Susan, Editor