Essay Importance of Following Rules

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Without rules and regulations all civilization would plunge into chaos, as there would be nothing protecting us from one another’s most basic self serving instincts, and sometimes self-destructive habits. Often time’s simple rules and regulations protect us from ourselves, such as not touching a hot furnace or driving through an intersection when the light is red. If we look just at laws of the road one can quickly see how many devastating accidents would occur (and how many lives would be ruined) if no one followed the rules of the road. Without the utmost care to follow these rules, things that could easily be prevented may happen, resulting in very negative things.

In societies there has to be a guideline--something that regulates
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The difference between a law and a rule is that the law describes what the rule is in a negative way, meaning it does state the terms of the broken rule as on "sex with a minor" and describes a proscribed penalty the breaker of the rule has to expect.
Rules do establish a society: For example, Hammurabi, who to my knowledge formed the first society known, established the rule that "the strong shall carry the weak". It was a rule of significance, because this rule showed the responsibility of those who were strong. Without the rules we would be living in some sort of anarchy, a society where every one could just do what they wanted to without having to worry about consequences. Rules do establish a sense of accountability--to each other, to the neighbors, to the government--without rules we would only be a bunch of savages....

Being in the United States Army raises the bar of importance for following rules and regulations due to the extreme situations that a soldier will find himself/herself in. Failing to pick up on small details or following seemingly small rules and regulations in combat can make the difference between coming home in a seat on a plane or inside a box in the cargo hold of the that plane. Not only is that true for yourself, but it is equally true for your Battle Buddies.

The Army has an inordinate amount of rules and regulations that all soldiers, regardless of rank or duty
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