Guidelines are the magical formulae of failure. It's not so much that it makes you fail, but rather, it takes the blame for your failure. For instance, you find yourself baking a pastry. You put 4 eggs, 4 cups of flour and all the rest of the fattening goop that goes into the batter. You whisk it thoroughly, as the guidelines/instructions tells you to do. You put it in the oven for 20 minutes. After 15 minutes your oven catches fire. You look at the instructions and curse. After the engorging flames are put out, they ask you what happened. You stare blankly and answer, "Betty Crocker never told me how to stop a fire."
When guidelines end, common sense begins.
But most of the time, we just don't have it.
The Ruddy Guidelines.
(In the hopes of becoming a more sensical being)