From all accounts, the Earth Day litter cleanup, sponsored by the local Democratic Committee, was a great success (see Jed Duvall’s letter this week). Apparently there is now much less litter on Route 211.
But is that a good thing? The question should be asked.
For some of us, the colorful food packaging and shiny soda cans, sparkling and dancing with the rays of the early morning sun, are not necessarily eyesores, as claimed by shrill environmental activists.
One man’s trash, everyone knows, is another man’s treasure. It’s a subjective judgment.
We should not be afraid to admit that litter can be a beautiful addition, individually expressed, to the otherwise same-old, same-old landscape. And so we should not allow ourselves to bow to currently popular aesthetics, no matter how trendy and politically correct.
Beyond beauty, you have to ask yourself the fundamental question: Would there be any so-called litter at all if God didn’t want there to be litter?
As for those people who claim that litter is caused by human behavior, I’d like to see the objective evidence: real, scientific proof that isn’t fabricated by left-leaning professors at elite universities, like the one down the road in Charlottesville.
Of course, no one is silly enough to deny that humans created the plastic and other stuff that became litter. But those man-made creations came about to meet consumer demand in a free market, and that’s got to be, by definition, intrinsically good: cheap to produce, and those cost savings are passed on to today’s consumers, who can then buy even more stuff.
It’s up to us the consumers — not big government, local government or anybody else — to decide how to dispose of these man-made creations. And if we didn’t think the stuff was pretty, why would we decorate the highways with it? It’s all about liberty and freedom of choice.
But who’s to say that humans even disposed of the stuff along the highway in the first place? As any Rappahannock resident knows, that could well be the handiwork of black bears messing around in neighbors’ trashcans.
So, please, let’s stop do-gooders, like the local litter police, from trying to make us all feel guilty about trash, melting glaciers or anything else for which we the people have absolutely no responsibility.