If you stop and think about it, there are a lot of rules that we as a society follow. Some of these rules are unspoken, things that we learn inherently from watching other people's actions and reactions, but a majority of them are things we are instructed to do or not do. Don't walk on the grass. Don't fart in church. Don't give whiskey to children.
Rules, rules, rules.
We're so obsessed about being politically correct and not stepping on anyone's toes and not upsetting anyone, so there are rules for everything. There are probably even rules about having rules. And those rules probably have a set of rules governing them. Don't even get me started on the inevitable exceptions to these rules. That's a whole other brand of vodka.
It occurred to me lately, in the twisted way that my mind works, that some of the rules that have been ingrained into our human nature have more than one application. The more I thought about it, the more I found that there are some rules that are universal.
"Look, but don't touch." - Spoken to children in museums or any place where there are breakable items. Also applies to observer's in an operating room, House-Of-Cards building competitions, and strip clubs.
"No jumping on the couch." - Orders given to children playing on the furniture. Also applies to celebrities with a tendency for irrational behavior being featured as a guest on popular afternoon talk shows.
"Always wear clean underwear." - Advice given by mothers to their children, specifically warning them about wearing clean undergarments in case they are in an accident. Also applies to drug mules and hookers.
"Don't talk with your mouth full." - A rule imposed on anyone who likes to both eat and talk. Also applies to those currently engaged in oral sex.
I'm sure there are many other rules that could be considered universal that I didn't think of. I mean, there has got to be more. This is just all that my sleep-deprived mind can put together right now.
What can you come up with?