Thursday, July 10, 2014

2265 Rule Challenged

There's been a disturbing trend in our culture. I suppose I'm guilty of it as much as anybody when I cruise along at the "accepted" 5 miles over the speed limit. It's the tendency to only follow rules when it's convenient to whoever it is to only follow the rules when it's convenient.

Like recently there was a big furor when a bank in Montreal decided to put nubs on the pavement in their outside alcove. The alcove was in their doorway, outside the swing of the door, where certain vagrants would grab a night's sleep. 

The bank, tired of rousting them every morning, decided to embed two-inch blunt nubs in the concrete close enough together to make that sleeping process uncomfortable. Naturally there was a huge outcry over this antihuman behavior on the part of the bank.

The key question, once the rhetoric has died down, is whose space is it? If it's the bank’s, then the bank is free to close off the alcove with a wall, install an iron gate, or yes, put nubs in the pavement. 

Ultimately, the person doing the sleeping is the person who's choosing not to follow the rules by attempting to sleep there in the first place. Should trespassing be it's own reward? 

Apparently so. Because likewise there's an area organization seeking to turn some private property into a park rather than see it developed into a neighborhood similar to the area organization's neighborhood which spawned the neighborhood organization that's trying to make the park. 

Their defense is that they've used the private woods for years for hiking, biking, picnicking, and suchlike. Essentially, they've trespassed. Now they're indirectly admitting they broke the rules. 

What should we call this rules-are-so-inconvenient trend? 

I believe I will coin the term "anarchy lite." 

America, ya gotta love it.

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