r6_philly wrote:Besides, what makes you (or me, or anyone) capable enough to judge what rule is pointless? To be able to claim something is pointless requires an overinflated ego like someone else suggests. A rule may be pointless to you, but could be essential for others.
Listen, I'm not talking about serious crimes here, people breaking in and stealing shit in others' homes because they don't like the "rule"... that's illegal everywhere.
I look beyond what America says is right/wrong. I look to other industrialized democracies, and examine the differences in their laws compared to ours. Speed limits on the highways, drugs and alcohol, social issues like civil unions, etc... The speed limit on highways in France is 90, and they are doing just fine. It's those type of stupid arbitrary distinctions I'm referring to.
I will disagree with you on the speed limit, it is not arbitrary (I don't mean highway speed limit, that is a little different). It is partially determined based on the average vehicle traveling on the road and the amount of distance it is required to stop. So controlling speed controls controls the risk posed by the traffic. Road conditions, designs, average vehicle size/weight, amount/density of traffic etc all plays a role. I can see why in Europe that speed limits can be higher. In contrast, the population density dictates that speed limits in Asian is generally lower.
So when you go to China and say," I am driving the same car as back home, but why is the speed limit on this highway only 35 instead of 50 like back home because we do fine there", a goat will pop out of nowhere and greet your bumper
sorry, but you get my point.
I mean why have parking rules? Why fine people who park illegally? Half the story is to promote commerce and increase traffic flow... Is isn't serious, but everyone should follow.
I will leave you with this. In China, there are no lines. When you go to get on a bus, trying to buy tickets at a window etc. everyone just run towards it and try to squeeze in at the same time. OMG if you ever had to drive there... I really like some of the simple "pointless" rules here, it makes our society civilized and pleasant to live in.