UnitedLife 06

How RULES could shape and already are shaping our lives

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Vladimír Orth
United Group, s.r.o. ׀ founder & CEO
Bratislava, Slovakia

We are surrounded by rules since our childhood. Whether we like it or not, they accompany us all our lives. Are rules important? Why do they even exist?


Wash your teeth, go to work, greet your neighbors. Thank for a meal, do your hair. How would our lives look like without rules? They would most probably be full of chaos. On the other hand it is good to realize that life would continue either way, so rules won’t be that vital.

Rules are made up in order to enable us a more organized, better and richer life. They offer a room for kindness to other beings. Rules of existence in a society within a state, traffic rules; social, religious and rules in relationships are the most common ones. Yet sometimes we feel like there are so many restrictions and demands that make us feel disoriented. Like we aren’t doing anything but following rules.

Each country, each community has its set of different rules and it becomes too much to take in. Looking at our globalized world today, one vital questions arises – how to improve life for people in other corners of the world? How about creating a set of rules applicable for everyone?

It certainly had happened to you as well. While walking down the street in a foreign country, you bumped into passerby because the rules of that country were different from those in your home country. You will certainly be aware of the fact that traffic rules in the United Kingdom and its former colonies differ significantly from those in the rest of the world. Uncertainty creates stress and misunderstanding among people.

Wouldn’t it be great to start scrutinizing these rules and evaluating which of them make any sense and serve us as humanity? And these rules shall stay and evolve. How much would we gain in terms of savings and understanding on travels from one country to another. We know such changes won’t happen in the coming five or ten years. Yet the question remains – if we consider our world to be global today, why isn’t anybody pondering further implications?

How easily have we all grown accustomed to global systems and rules without even being aware of it. The international network – the internet everybody is capable of using today– is a case in point. Similarly to the 19th century when the industrial revolution arrived, today we stand on the brink of a new age in which people will transform their way of existence and sets of rules significantly. The world is always evolving and so are we whether we want it or not.

This chain of events shapes our lives and it is left up to us to determine if these changes are for better or worse. It is beneficial to think about how we want to live and how other inhabitants of this planet could live. We are all people in the end. The struggle of one affects us all, regardless of distance. Rules can help us to get along well in this already overcrowded world. Rules, in case they make any sense, will be key to peace in all humanity. Conflicts as such won’t be necessary because people will understand each other. Misunderstanding, so commonly spelled in our times, will cease to exist.

To conclude with I realize this topic is perhaps a bit idealized. On the other hand let us imagine such world coming into existence and let us ponder the consequences.

Vladimír Orth


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