If no one ever broke a rule, what would our world look like? While that would mean no criminals and no prisons, some rules that are morally wrong would still be in place today. If everyone obeyed Hitler’s rules, the entire world would be ruled by one dictator with morally incorrect laws. That would be a disaster! One may have to break disadvantageous rules to draw a person’s attention.
Certain rules, even in the history of the United States, are not helpful and are morally incorrect. During the Civil War in the 1860s, one of the main issues of debate between the northern and southern states was slavery. When the Confederates announced to the Union, “Slavery is mandatory! Since you disagree, we will secede,” the Union ignored the rule of allowing the South to become a separate country! They fought for what they knew was right even though it was against the rules, and they guaranteed all African-Americans freedom!
Although African-Americans were free, they did not have basic rights and freedoms. Sometimes people won’t pay attention unless someone acts, so unacceptable rules must be broken to draw lawmakers’ attention. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew that. He worked hard to end segregation. He led boycotts and peacefully broke rules. Although he gave many persuasive speeches, he did not stop there. His actions grabbed political leaders’ heads and shook them dizzy. Finally, with help from Rosa Parks and other African-American citizens who broke rules to end segregation, government leaders decided to ban segregation. Since Mr. King broke a rule, leaders noticed him, and rules were changed!
While rule-breaking might seem harmful, those who break disadvantageous rules may help change a rule for the better; therefore, rule-breaking can be acceptable. After all, our nation has improved through people who were brave enough to break the rules!