The problem with rules

Most often, I want to do what is morally right. But there are occasions when rightness is both ill defined and poorly understood. Take shopping, for instance.

The shops, by and large, have been shut. We click and collect. Or order home delivery. We do not darken the doorways of retail outlets. This is simple to understand. It is simple to follow. There are no options; and so we do as we're told.

Until recently. Some shops are allowed to open. I'm not talking about the supermarkets, but rather the warehouse behemoths, aisles numbering to three digit numerals with an infinite number of items you might require for home and garden projects. In my house there are a number of projects on the go at the moment. It gives us purposeful activity. It distracts us from the only other lockdown permitted activity: eating.

To these places, you are now permitted to go and make purchases. You are not, however, permitted to browse.

I would like to speak with the person who enacted this rule. I should like to explain to him or her how a trip to this establishment works. You enter the shop with a vague idea of the widget you are seeking. Said widget is perhaps 20mm in diameter. The building covers approximately 2 hectares. Finding the one thing you need requires not only browsing, it entails searching and scouring too. It may engender tears or teeth gritting.

And so, with no option, I abide by the rules. I do not browse. I sprint up and down the aisles, scanning frantically. I live in hope that they do not erect another sign, "No crying."

In homes everywhere we know that young people are frantically scouring their school notes in preparation for end of year exams. And some of them are crying. We particularly feel for our friends in senior high school, the HSC looming large. 

This has certainly been a year of it, and Year 11 wasn't much better. While we can't issue ATAR notes, we can give you the next best thing: food to power you through them.

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If there was ever a reason to return to study, this would have to be it. I'm heading to the UAC office now.

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