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du­ti­fully sign up to a host of agree­ments which are for their ben­e­fit, not ours. They break ev­ery rule they make.

“Don’t hit peo­ple”. Vi­o­lence is to be ab­horred and must be avoided as a means of set­tling dif­fer­ences.

“Clean up your own mess”. As it ap­plies to government, we’ve cer­tainly seen this dis­re­garded over the last ten years, in par­tic­u­lar, but the pub­lic is also guilty when their care­less­ness causes ve­hic­u­lar ac­ci­dents which dam­age pub­lic prop­erty, but they nor their in­sur­ance com­pa­nies seem re­spon­si­ble for fix­ing the dam­age, so it ei­ther re­mains un­done and un­tidy or government fixes it at the tax­pay­ers’ ex­pense. Then, of course, there’s the aw­ful lit­ter­ing that hap­pens at ev­ery pub­lic event.

“Don’t take things that aren’t yours”. If only we ad­hered to that prin­ci­ple, life would run more smoothly and the cost of goods would be cheaper, since pil­fer­age is a sig­nif­i­cant cost of do­ing busi­ness. But crime abounds from top to bot­tom in our so­ci­ety.

“Wash your hands be­fore you eat” and “flush”. Ig­nor­ing this adds to our pub­lic health cost.

“Live a balanced life”. With most peo­ple liv­ing above their means, life can be stress­ful. For good health we need a bal­ance be­tween work and rest.

“Watch out for traf­fic, hold hands and stick to­gether”. Chal­lenges are eas­ier to deal with if we work to­gether.

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