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Monday, April 25, 2016

Ruminating Rules

From your school days, what rule seemed pointless or silly? Did you break it? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1488).

I respected adult authorities and although I found some of their decision points puzzling, I nevertheless continued in obedience and respect.  This tendency to “keep off the grass” without rebelling in some cases has not been the best thing–a little rebellion now and then is called for–but mine was always behind closed doors and expressed in grumbling.  A particular requirement comes to mind.  When I was in graduate school at Florida State, a particular professor insisted that footnotes always appear on the page where the citation occurred (endnotes were not allowed).  This was before word processors or personal computers.  In short, all composition was done on typewriter and this note requirement immensely complicated the task–I thought needlessly.  That is, around midnight after repeatedly failed attempts to get the text cessation and footnote commencement to behave properly, surely the Lord knew I was greatly agitated and completely disposed to dump tea leaves in the university fountain.

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