The rules (no not THOSE rules)

I know what you are thinking.  You think because I’m a girl I’m referring to “The Rules” that came out a few years ago with regards to dating.  I’m not.  I’m so much more than that!  But of course you knew that already.

The rules I’m referring to are the ones that we as members of a fairly civilized human race have to abide by in our daily lives.  I guess the overarching one is the Golden Rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Specifically I’m referring to the ones that govern our conduct in marriage, relationships, business partnerships and the like.  This year, 2009, has been one that seems to be fraught with examples of people who think the rules no longer apply to them.  Bernie Madoff, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and now Tiger Woods.  Our headlines are littered with people who have achieved a level of success or notoriety that they no longer feel as if the rules apply to them.  The code of decent behavior is for others, not them.  And time and again, they are reminded, in very painful and public ways, that they were dead wrong.  You cheat, in whatever manner that means, and you will get caught.  And no matter how tight you try to control your image, the truth will out.  And baby the truth will set you free.  Or at least it sets the paparazzi and tabloids free to run amok over your carefully crafted life.

Taking shortcuts in your morals and practices may work in the short run but eventually it all catches up with you and the house of cards comes tumbling down.  And if you had just lived your life with integrity in the first place, you would have to deal with all the crap coming your way now.  Seems an easier way to carefully craft a life.

Boy are these soapboxes tall.  I could get to like the view from up here.  But then there’s that glass house thing.  Oh well.