U.S. - With the government shutdown in effect, life has felt incomplete for many Americans. "Everything is just too easy - it's boring," said restaurant owner Gloria Morgan, "and I realized it's because we're missing an essential challenge in life: soulless bureaucrats posing arbitrary rules on us."
One of the primary functions of the government is to ignorantly muck around in the business of others, but the shutdown has hampered that. Thus citizens have been forced to try to fill that void themselves. "Today I just suddenly decided large sodas weren't allowed," said Morgan. "It was an annoying, pointless obstacle the whole day - it was like the government was still around."
"I arbitrarily decided I couldn't use plastic bags in school lunches," said Arlene Williams, mother of three. "It was really irritating to deal with. It really made me feel like there was still some bureaucrat out there not caring about me."
Not everyone found it easy to take the government's place, though. "I tried imposing random rules on myself, but it wasn't the same," said business owner Patrick Stanley. "The problem is I understand my business too well, so a lot of the rules actually made sense. I really need someone with no understanding of my company or economics making these rules, or it just doesn't feel right.