- You can’t use your internet connection for whatever you want
- You can’t tell those people how you build your rocket. I mean, my God man, what if the Europeans find out how we build rockets. Oh the humanity!
- You can’t share that video with your friends
- You can’t eat that, it’ll make you fat so we’ve made it illegal for you to buy it
- You can’t install that app on your phone, it cuts into our ego. Don’t you know we’re Apple you idiot?
- You can’t have unlimited bandwidth on that cell phone plan, when we said unlimited we meant 5GB
- You can’t explore that planet without a permit
- You can’t play OUTSIDE in the neighborhood, ALONE! You’re 10, you can go outside by yourself when you’re older.
- You can’t collect rainwater without permission (are you freaking kidding me?)
- You can’t build a rocket engine in your garage despite what you saw in that October Sky movie, what are you a damn terrorist or something?
Can’t can’t can’t can’t.
Rules don’t scale.
I bought a Kind bar today because it seemed more healthy than a Snickers. On the package it says:
- Gluten Free
- Wheat Free
- Dairy Free
- Non GMO
When did we start buying things because of what’s NOT in them?
How can we tell our kids to explore, invent, and innovate if they have to operate inside a strict set of rules designed to protect what we have now? If we spend all of our energy protecting what we have now, isn’t there a danger that we’ll deny ourselves the future we want?
I’m a CAN kind of person. I look for what’s in things, not what’s excluded. I look for what CAN be done. My kids are allowed to explore and take risks.
I’ve broken up with CAN’T.