2.18.2010

Informal Poll -- With a Follow-Up to Follow

Yes or No: Is it immoral to litter?

7 comments:

Insignificant Wrangler said...

I'll go with yes. My morality is built upon the concept (in essence) apologizing to every other for the burden of your existence.

So, pick up your trash.

I'll look for the follow-up tomorrow (and I'm expecting some kind of "gotcha").

Casey said...

Lemme get a few more responses. I need to hear from all three of my readers.

Wishydig said...

i say no. no more than putting crap on tv is immoral.

pure_sophist_monster said...

sure, why not. mainly because most people litter on public (read, collectively owned and shared) property but not their own private property. if the guy who throws his butts out the window of his car on the highway does so in his driveway, then I would be much cooler with it.

Casey said...

I vote "no" too, so we need a tie-breaker.

Monica said...

I'm going with "no." That said, I don't tend to be much of a litterer, although I have been known to toss an apple core out my car window. It gets so sticky if you leave it in a cupholder in the car. But that's bio-degradable, so it's not really littering, right?

Oh, and when I was in Toronto a while back, there was some kind of garbage strike, and so there was garbage all over the city. It was insane. So, littering, in this context, was a kind of attempt at morality, I suppose. But it's late, and I've been drinking blood orange cocktails by myself again.

Casey said...

Unfortunately, since the "Nays" have it, there'll be no very interesting follow-up.

[Monica, I was 2.5 glasses of Malbec into it when I voted last night, so...]

Anyway, draw your own conclusions about what our micro-poll tells us about--whatever.

What I was thinking is that if everybody said "yes," I'd want to know things like "when did 'don't litter' became a part of human morality?," and more importantly, "does that reducing waste generally is also an issue of morality?" (they seem close, "don't litter," and "reduce waste"). And then I was going to get to the image that made me laugh so hard the other day...

...if we turn all of this into morality, it's fair to picture a self-righteous bastard sitting on the toilet congratulating himself inwardly for only using three squares of toilet paper, knowing that most of his peers can't restrain themselves similarly.

And I mean really: what a laughable scene, right?