The home I grew up in is only two blocks from Rock Creek Park. Don’t think of park as in a grassy area you can bring your dog. This park is a woods. Yes, there are lots of paths for people to jog through and roads to drive through, in fact, this was my drive to school up until 7th grade. But nonetheless it provides enough space that you can find a pleasant place where you feel alone in nature. Here’s a picture
Most people grow up only in cities. I love cities, but there is also something spectacular about unadulterated nature. I think perhaps this gave me a sense that the natural state of things is without human interference. When I would see garbage lying in the creek or along a path it would upset me.
When I got older I started backpacking. While yes, I also backpack around cities and stay in hostels, right now I am referring to camping. No, not camping like when your dad parks the car at a camp site and you guys pitch a tent or stay in a cabin while you live out of your car. The kind where you park your car in the wilderness and then hike miles away from it before finding somewhere to set up your tent. Anyone who is fond of backpacking like this values cleaning up after themselves to leave the land just as it was before.
I think that this appreciation for naked nature is the origins as to why I don’t litter.
But my thoughts continue. No one wants garbage all over their room, so they clean it up. That extends to their house. Once you get to the house level though they must work with their housemates to keep it clean. That extends to their block. Once you get to the block level though you must work with your neighbors to keep it clean. But for some reason, once you get to about this level, some people start social loafing. This problem gets worse when you talk about a neighborhood, even worse when you talk about a city. People start not caring about making the city worse in this way because their impact is relatively small. I hate this. What gives you the right to be the one littering?
I see people who litter as lacking both a respect for their fellow man as well as appreciation of their city. You are the one who bought that wrapper, put it in your pocket until you get to a trashcan.