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Because it’s there…

I stepped out the front door at 6:15 a.m. on the dot, bolstered by uber-strong coffee in my ever-present go-cup as per usual. Oh yeah, plus one bag.

I don’t get very far along my 3+ mile route when I ask myself this ever-present question: Why do I do this?

In all honesty, is rhetorical in nature. I know why.

Beyond the physical pleasure of the walk, it’s actually a two part answer. There is the esthetic and the environmental.

Part one is that when I see some piece of junk intruding on the visual enjoyment of my walk (or for others who plod along after me) what apparently goes through my mind is ‘Why is that piece of sh-t there?’

There's a simple answer to why the residue of my daily walk always ends up unceremoniously dumped on my driveway: Because this junk shouldn't have to be picked up in the first place.

There’s a simple answer to why the residue of my daily walk always ends up unceremoniously dumped on my driveway: Because this junk shouldn’t have to be picked up in the first place.

Part two is environmental. We already cause enough ruination to our physical world. My short walk is a microcosm of the larger picture. It is my laboratory where I can experiment in the removal of the trash tumor. Unfortunately, it’s an operation that will never be complete. The patient (my path) suffers the affliction on a daily basis.

A half century ago, someone asked Edmund Hillary why he dared to ascend Mt. Everest. His response: “Because it’s there.”

Sir Edmund’s answer applies all too well to litter: Because it’s there.

About Dave Bradley (254 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.

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