Rules, Rules and More Rules
- · I sit on a board of 7 members. Our leadership insists the secretary take an oral role call at meetings. She can see us and we can see each other. When I suggested it was not necessary in so small a group, I was shot down. We also need to formally vote on unimportant items instead of just having a consensus.· One of the organizations I belong to is holding its annual auction fundraiser. There are so many rules all starting with “this is the way we do it because this is the way we have always done it”. We are a group of about 35 people. We all know each other. Yet, there is a rule that items cannot be counted in the tally until they are in the hands of the assigned committee member. This means that when you say you have something in your hand and will bring it to the next meeting, you are told it will not go into the tally because it’s not physically there yet. When I asked about trust, I was told that sometime in the distant past, someone said they had something, but didn’t. So we are all distrusted – a rule is made because of one irresponsible person.
· A kindergarten boy was suspended because he kissed a little girl on the cheek – this was considered sexual harassment (yes, I don’t make these things up!)
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.