Protocols are not absolutely bad for anyone, having been described (by WordWeb Dictionary) as, “Forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats and heads of state” – it is something that allows a smooth interrelationship between parties at community, state, national or international levels.
However, it is something that is (summarily) in effect, in virtually, all facets of life – this is what has evolved into dogma in various institutions, and is affecting most young people, because the elders are (vigorously) pushing it through into them.
The most important word in this article is purpose, which protocols affect so much in young ones.
Everyone seeks to achieve purpose, but not everyone really fulfills it.
What is purpose?
According to E. M. Bounds in Purpose in Prayer, prayer neutralises evil in the world.
The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil everywhere. Prayer, in one phase of its operation, is a disinfectant and a preventive. It purifies the air; it destroys the contagion of evil. Prayer is no fitful, shortlived thing. It is no voice crying unheard and unheeded in the silence. It is a voice which goes into God’s ear, and it lives as long as God’s ear is open to holy pleas, as long as God’s heart is alive to holy things.
God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. The lips that uttered them may be closed in death, the heart that felt them may have ceased to beat, but the prayers live before God, and God’s heart is set on them and prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them; outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive a world.
Looking at the above context, then, we could deduce that purpose is what a thing is meant to do. In other words, for a person, purpose is what he/she is created for.
It is, therefore, expedient (here) for us to know that there is a divine purpose for all of us. According to the book of Jeremiah, God says to him, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations”, Jeremiah 1:5, ESV.
Knowing your divine purpose is all required to escape societal protocols
God has a good plan for everyone, but (only) those who relate with Him, and allow Him into their lives will find fulfillment in achieving their purposes.
As a matter of fact, an ungodly person could be used to achieve divine purpose (knowingly or unknowingly) – this is confirmed by the advancement of the Greek Empire under the rulership of Alexander the Great – which resulted to massive construction of roads, teaching of Greek Language with the intention of making it a unified language: this, it was said, paved way for the spread of the gospel. Yet, the Great Alexander was not a born again.
All the time that Alexander was advancing his empire – conquering cities and nations, he was living his desires, but he did not know that he was paving the way for the spread of the gospel.
In the case of Jeremiah – he was, already, walking with God when God revealed that Jeremiah has been appointed (from the womb) as the prophet to the nations.
Protocols are not totally evil
Do you remember the description given above, which says that protocols ensure smooth interrelationships?
Protocols, in some ways, will help you to achieve some things, but you do not have to rely on protocols – all the time, especially when you are walking and working with God in the quest to achieving your purposes.
After all, protocols are man-made, whereas, the Bible says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”, Isaiah 55:6, ESV.
Hence, if you allowed God in your pursuit of purposes, you will (mostly) not follow the protocols of men that will make you struggle, most of the time: rather, you will listen to God’s guidance – leading to less struggle, peaceful and lasting success.
The choice is yours to make.
 E. M. Bounds, Purpose in Prayer, Pg5.
 Bible History, The Greek Empire.