I like this idea of living by some rules. I feel like it can really prevent us from having to take hard decisions. It seems so obvious that we overlook the power of simple rules to make our life easier. As Shane Parrish says, rules are difficult to argue. If my rule is that I don’t have dessert when eating at the restaurant then, I don’t have to take any decision at the end of the main course. My rule is that I never eat dessert and so, I don’t have to consider this possibility. There is no decision to make. I like the simplicity of the concept although I think it’s important to keep in mind few principles to keep your rules sustainable and respectful. (1) The rule is self-dictated and has a clear purpose. (2) The rule is regularly questioned so it’s always up to date and aligned with who you are. (3) The rule is not used against others or does not make obstruction to someone else’s freedom. Even if rules are practical, it does not mean you have to become an unbearable narrow-minded person dictated by some outdated or absurd rules, right?
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