This quote is just one small excerpt from another blogger’s much wider-ranging reflection on human civilization and achievement. But since Syracuse’s litter problems seem to come up time and time again, I thought it worth highlighting.
Almost every driver has carefully checked to see who’s around before thinking about innocently chucking an empty gas station coffee cup, water bottle, candy wrapper, or cigarette box out of their window. For each one of us, justifying this act is easy, but it’s only easy because there are no short-term consequences. “So what?” and “Who cares?” make up the bulk of the typically ignorant responses. The prisoners will pick it up, right?
Well, what about the garbage crisis in Italy? What about the massive plastic island floating in the Pacific Ocean? Each piece of trash carries a so-called innocent story, which climaxes years later into an epically guilty tale.