There is a place for rules in structure within our civilization and our communities.
I’m all for that. I think having a sense of structure and parameters for behavior is wise and substantial. But, when you go after someone for the shade of their heating and A/C cabinet, that might be an example of going too far. This is what I am currently dealing with. The HOA in our planned community is threatening me with all sorts of penalties and litigation. What did I do? Did I paint my house red or put in live chickens in the backyard? No, I simply had a faded HVAC outside cabinet. That was my deep transgression. When we purchased our home, it had a legitimately nice and up-to-date heating plus A/C. But over the years, the paint has faded out on the cabinet holding the compressor and condenser. Honestly, I never even noticed it was happening. It’s in a part of the house that I rarely go by. Anything having to do with the HVAC unit is left to the professionals. However, the HOA noticed. I had to have it painted to bring back the color but this wasn’t a believable enough solution. They wanted me to upgrade the cabinet with a new one or get a new heating and A/C. That is, of course, beyond ridiculous. So, I told them they were in for a fight. Well actually, my lawyer told them that. I was dealing with the HOA’s hostility. Once they threatened legal action, I simply turned it over to my lawyer. We’ll see what happens. In the meantime, I had the heating and A/C cabinet repainted.