I guess I look at "rules" as functioning like speed limits.
When we are new to driving and the physics involved, it may be necessary for someone to lay down some guidelines that protect us from ourselves and or own ignorance.
But long term, one would HOPE that any need for rules would fade away and be replaced with something flexible enough to accommodate all the twists and turns of the road. Rules are no substitute for good judgment, a caring outlook and knowledge/experience. Once these pieces are in place "rules" become rigid, counter productive and archaic.