Quelling the Misguided Human Desire for Freedom (Joy in Structure)

It’s not a new idea that as humans gain experience in any activity (or life in general), they eventually realize that clear structure and regulation allows for maximum productivity and, yes, even creativity.    Artists initially approaching their craft ready to break all rules and conventions eventually develop self-imposed restrictions to spark creative energy.  An unattended child indulging in a moment of independence will soon appreciate the idea of the serving size after consuming an entire carton of ice cream.  The less experience in a given area, the more one is likely to disregard the current structures and regulations in place.  Sam Walton, upon buying a plane to monitor his scattered retail stores early in his career, simply turned off his radio after receiving legitimate warnings from air traffic control.1)The Wal-Mart Decade, page 27. There is a reason that insurance rates are higher for beginning drivers…

The sensation of freedom felt when one is placed in a novel situation is very anthropocentric.  The priority lies on our current sensations and experiences, two items guaranteed to be destroyed by time.  Anything larger than ourselves must consist of ideals, principles, and guidelines that can transcend time and space to be used by others.

When venturing into uncharted territory, our excitement must also be towards the discovery of the principles already in place from those who went before us.  If there are none, the excitement should be towards providing a map of these principles for others.

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1. The Wal-Mart Decade, page 27.