Rules make it possible to drive automobiles with relative safety. They create harmony in the meditation hall (although perhaps not in our minds). Sports wouldn't exist without rules and athletes who won't follow them quickly become pariahs.
Rules work. I suppose that's why we never tire of making them.
But I've never found a set of rules that can accommodate the fluidity and wildness of everyday life. Even the Buddhist precepts, if understood as rules, fall short of the bewildering requirements of this vast world.
Still, something in us longs for the clarity that rules can provide. Just tell me what to do!
But Sister Corita knew something important about rules: they quickly lose their ability to help us. That's why new rules will be issued next week.