Laws are the things that govern what we are and aren’t allowed to do.
They’re not voluntary.
Rules are conditions we agree to abide by when we opt into a game.
They are voluntary.
Sometimes, the rules we sign up for aren’t explained to us explicitly.
Some kids, for example, feel as though they must go to university once they finish high school. They’ve opted into this belief to such an extent that no other options feel valid.
Where there are rules, there are penalties for breaking them.
But unlike laws, we get to choose which rules we want to be governed by.
If the games you’re playing involve rules that don’t suit you, play another game.