Morality and Practicality" about how issues evolve over time from being matters of morality to being matters of practicality. I used the examples of divorce and abortion. Both have evolved in my lifetime from being considered immoral options to being considered undesirable but practical options.
In yesterday's New York Times, in the Sunday Review section,
there was an article, "Is the Environment a Moral Cause?" by Robb
Willer, that has me revisiting morality and practicality. The article presented
this idea: "Where liberals view environmental issues as matters of right
and wrong, conservatives generally do not." This had never occurred to
me--not the part about conservatives--but the idea that for some, the
environment is not a moral issue. As a liberal, I am normally on the practical
side of potentially moral issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. But on
environmental issues, I am always on the moral side, to the degree that I
didn't even realize there was another side.
Take littering, for example. To me,
it is unquestionably, unconscionably wrong. I would no more consider throwing a
piece of trash out of my car window than I would consider doing something
deliberately hurtful to someone. The guilt would kill me.
The idea that there is another viewpoint on the environment
helps to explain what I see every day here in Miami, easily the dirtiest city I
have ever lived in. The streets and sidewalks are littered with trash, even in
the nicer residential neighborhoods, and nobody seems to care. My wife and I
had chalked it up to a different sensibility, a lazy one in which it is
acceptable to simply drop something, like a soda can when it is empty, rather
than make the effort to find a trash receptacle. Now I see that it’s not
laziness but rather an absence of guilt that makes littering an acceptable choice.
And that just kills me.
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At the closing party that evening, I asked the designer if I could have a copy of my astronaut image. He emailed it to me the next day. I emailed him back a thank-you and added: "My wife will get a kick out of it since I already told her I was volunteering for the one-way mission to Mars!"
Posted by John Lichty at 5:45 PM