Rules and guidelines can offer direction or serve as blinkers.
One of the by-products of drifting or, more specifically, of the absence of rules, form and shape that accompany it, is a sense of panic. There is a hegemony of rules and shapes and laws precisely because we feel chillingly uncomfortable without them. Phil Smith has described this kind of panic as an 'encounter with everything (else), an intense, but relatively common initiatory Pan-ic - an experience of causeless, but sited dread' - the hyphenation of pan-ic reminds us of the word's Greek origins and associations with the god Pan and the word pan meaning everything.
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