Ruphus -> RE: Waste Disposal Rant (Oct. 11 2012 10:56:42)
I am glad that you like it, Stephen. :O)
Thank you, guys, for qualifying the matter and pointing out that this is not just happening in industrially underdeveloped realms. ( Guess I should had rather said something in the way of "in intellectually underdeveloped countries and provinces" or so.)
Anders, I shouldn´t name the place for some reason.
It is in the Orient. It was of very remarkable insight and progress already before the ancient Greeks´ achievements in philosophical / societal respect ( which the Occident traditionally deems as invented in Greece ). It delivered most battles of all to the ancient Rome and today would quite possibly be one of the worlds most advanced places hadn´t it been missionized by the Arabs at some time and basically turned into another Arab sphere, going downhill the way the very conquerors did.
So, considering that environmental private vandalism is not exclusively predominating in underdeveloped countries, what remains is that it is conducted by a mentality incapable of deconstructive thinking. Meaning the inability to integrate further effects into overlook of proceeding.
And frankly: Eventhough considering myself rather strong with associative skills, I absolutely do not get it.
Over here, so I´ve been told, there used to be a traditional instruction of how to get rid of trash. Going like: "Throw it into the water".
Hence, creeks and rivers would be dragging the garbage away, and gone it would be. Everything nice and tidy. Or what.
When I as a teenager returned to Germany in 1975 or so, my mother asked me to exchange her cars engine oil. When done, I asked her where to dispose, and she send me to the drain.
I remember the strong feeling of discomfort, wondering where this oil was going to. Would it be collected in a purification plant, could it be separated from the water at all, or would it just be ending up in the next river.
Disposing toxic stuff that way was common at that time, provided you knew at all of used engine oils toxic property ( many would not, and even used it as wood preservative in their homes and gardens ), years still before the first timid and ridiculed environmental discussions.
Still, there came up questions to me while filling that black stuff into the gully.
And I firmly believe that such is just totally inevitable for any with a normally functioning brain.
How on earth can you be throwing something somewhere without ever asking yourself about whereabouts?
Can you really just not ask yourself? Is that possible? For someone who providedly can manage anticipated action like say opening a fridge to find a cool drink, or use a box to step on to pluck a banana ( you know where I got the latter example from, don´t ya ).
It appears like proven that there exist human minds who really do not come to ask themselves about yet the most of trivial questions, and I do not fathom how people like that are in the same time capable of obtaining a driving license or even graduate in school.
I swear; I am being serious: Intelligence is an uncomprehendable thing ( - and measures and indicators like IQs of absolutely limited use, besides, as we will encreasingly be realizing not only in regard of discovering animal intelligence and its manifold shapes ).
Certain mentalities appear to me as if they had no considerable tradition of instruction. Obviously not even expectations from didactical means.
Like here with wordlwide highest death toll in traffic.
Any educational steps - worth mentioning - to teach public of how insane and stupid maneuvers won´t help with reaching targets any quicker? No.
Instead? Plastering roads with bumpers ( sometimes in distance of every ~ 20 meters or so ), which are often built so radically / steep that they ruin cars.
To prevent suicidal-like U-turns, ways to the left will be closed with barriers, routes therefore not letting you to drive to the left side for miles on end. ... etc. pp.
No counting on reason. A way of either ruling with a hammer, or of leaving alone. ( Folks throwing trash around / routingly coercing traffic participants right before police´s eyes. - Who again will ridiculously focus on requirement of wearing seat belts.)
of vermin examples:
Over here with humidity around 30% there should not exist one single mosquito. But there are plenty all year through, and especially now in autumn.
People believe the mosquitos to come "from the trees". Probably for having observed male mosquitos sitting on plants ( those live of plants juice / only females suck blood / needing it to develop ovules).
Truth is that mosquitos need still waters to breed. And the unexpected still water in such a dry country comes how? Exactly, from trash that the country is littered with. Plastic foils, cans and any thing that can hold a puddle make the background for why a country several times the size of Germany is largely populated by mosquitos ( stuffed besides with specially itching saliva ) whilst the place should actually be vastly free of such a pest.
Little of info can go a long way, and the question is why it just won´t.
Yet, not after decades. Sometimes not after centuries and even millenia.