However, considering this is not your living room but rather our living room, I feel the need pick up after you. It doesn’t make a mother better than her child when she has to pick up after them. It just makes her responsible. At a certain point, the child grows up and realizes that it’s not anyone else’s job to pick up his messes. At a certain point he begins to take responsibility for himself. It does not make me better that I prefer a clean earth to live in nor that I consider it our home. I have had a lot of uncomfortable roommate talks about the cascading dirty dishes from the sink, or the filth on the floor, or the stench in the bathroom. And I'd prefer to not have another one of those and just assume that we can all be adults and pick up after ourselves. People think that the tendency to litter is correlated to a certain level of education. It doesn’t make me better that I think it to be common sense. just confused. It just seems strange to me that your homes are clean, well-kept, and orderly while your cities and national parks and communal public areas are trashed. Literally. It just seems…strange. Maybe thats because I am the stranger here. So I will refrain from judging the cultural tendencies that seem so accepted and tolerated. And I am not better for wanting to change these tendencies. I would just appreciate a clean communal space, a place where the refuse of human disregard is absent, where beauty is appreciated and preserved. Just a little appreciation is all for our shared home.
But who am I to tell you to stop spewing garbage from the orifices of your culture? Just another eco-tripping white boy with education and privilege in his bank account, with money to travel and opinions on how to better the world. It doesn’t make me better than you that I don’t worry about my next meal. My priviledge makes me worry about these things that seem all too trivial in comparison to your daily struggles.
And frankly, I think that makes me worse.