Who needs rules?
We’ve all had a time where we’ve hated having rules. Maybe 35mph felt too slow for that stretch of road, or maybe we had a curfew that just seemed way too early when we were younger. The fact of the matter is, we all experience rules and if we’re well-behaved members of society, we tend to follow them. But when you’re Elon Musk, the wealthiest person in the world, some rules might get you reaching deep into your wallet. This is exactly what happened recently with Twitter.
As of this writing, Elon Musk’s deal to purchase Twitter is still in the works but is temporarily on hold. That being said, like most of Musk’s activities, it’s been an interesting journey to watch. For those unfamiliar, not too long ago, Elon began tweeting about the importance of free speech on Twitter, implying that he felt that was a growing problem. He wasn’t wrong, Twitter is a company with its own rules that dictate what can and cannot be said and what are bankable offenses from users.
Unlike the rest of us though who just have to accept the rules Twitter has laid out for us, Elon gave Twitter 44 billion reasons why he thought he could run things better. Dr. Weinstein, Michigan psychiatrist at Mind Health Group says:
“Rules make us feel comfortable and loved, and we need them as a society to function.”
Michigan psychiatrist Dr. Bryan Weinstein talks about why it’s important as a society for an individual to have boundaries, restrain, commitment, and discipline. The positive impact of these things set a tone in society and in our minds too. As a child, adolescent, or well into one’s adult years, when experiencing an event that causes emotional pain or distress, can often lead to lasting mental and physical effects. Such as, anxiety, attachment issues, insecurities, or depression.
Dr. Weinstein also talks about how control over something like Twitter is a big responsibility and how he hopes and wishes Elon the best and hopes his desires are altruistic in nature.
There’s truly a great debate on what constitutes free speech and what should be censored for the greater good. The answer is there is no clear answer. But as Dr. Weinstein said, rules are not necessarily bad. And even though most of us don’t have wallets deep enough to change them, it might not be a bad thing.
Dr. Weinstein, Michigan psychiatrist at Mind Health Group also says:
“Freedom unchecked and uncontrolled, is not really freedom. Imagine a child with no boundaries, that child does not truly feel loved”
When it comes to structure, rules, and laws as mentioned by Dr. Bryan Weinstein, it’s important to realize the negative effects that can occur to our mental health long term without them.
“As a society or just as a person, those kind of things actually detract from that feeling of security and wholeness that a person needs to experience for themselves as an individual”
Tune in, Michigan psychiatrist Dr. Bryan Weinstein’s take on Who Needs Rules below.
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