The sound of justification

Take a step outside tonight and chances are you will be hearing a lot of fireworks going off from your neighbors.

This is the sound of when a couple people don’t follow the recommendation to light fireworks during an extreme drought.

Each one a justification:

“We do this every year.”

“It’s a tradition.”

“It’s just a couple of fireworks.”

“It’s not that big of a deal.”

As a thought exercise, imagine that this is only 2% of the population lighting-off fireworks. (I actually have no idea what the statistics are.)

It’s pretty loud out there.

The tragedy of the commons. When one person puts there needs above the rest.