“Everything Not Forbidden is Compulsory.”
It’s supposed to be a scene in a fantasy novel. A cautionary scene, in which Merlyn tries to teach the future king what not to do.
But, as with 1984, our would-be masters at every level insist on seeing it as an instruction manual.
The city had no laws pertaining to residential gardens, which means they were technically not allowed.
According to the city’s laws, if something is not permitted it is prohibited.
“Right now, if there is not something expressly in this code that says that you can have one, you technically can’t,” Blakeman confirmed.
I moved away because things like this kept driving me to teeth-grinding rages. Most other people seemed to take it in stride, and to this day I can’t decide if I was the crazy one.