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The psychology of litter…

I’m no rocket scientist. Those of you who are regular attendees at this site already knew that.

I’m no shrink either. So it is I’m left to wonder what goes through the minds of idiots who defile our curbs and walkways with their carelessness.

But even a laggard like me already knows that answer: nothing. How can there be? Only a true professional would be able to diagnose the impairment that effectively says ‘It’s okay for me to toss this out my car window.’ What the hell?

You gotta help me understand what goes through the minds of idiots who would flick this junk aside. My guess of what they think about: no much.

You gotta help me understand what goes through the minds of idiots who would flick this junk aside. My guess of what they think about: not much.

So by my definition – such people are irresponsibly crazy – there must’ve been a lot of impaired people driving about last night. This morning’s haul was another bag-buster. Literally, I ended up carrying or tucking under my arms debris (how does a huge chunk of a car’s plastic undercarriage end up on a sidewalk?) that would no longer fit in the jammed full Harris Teeter bag.

I’ll leave it to psychologists to answer the question of what qualifies as psychosis when it comes to discarding plastic and polystyrene and fast food junk. Unlike the professional description psychologists might attach to these morons, my wording for the mental infirmities of slobs won’t be so genteel.

About Dave Bradley (259 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

1 Comment on The psychology of litter…

  1. Dave the manufacturers provide the opportunity to litter to promote their products

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