What's up with people just leaving trash everywhere and littering in front of you in public places?

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What is going on here?

I don't understand it. In most cases a trash can is near or closeby, yet a selective group of people are 'too good' to walk 5 feet.

I was waiting for the subway this morning and this girl had a piece of trash in her hand and just threw it away into the air with this kind of 'f-life', 'f-this','f-everything' expression.

How unattractive. If it didn't fall on the tracks I would have picked it up in front of her. Like, what society is this that we are living in? What do these peoples houses and apartments look like?

How can you not care one moment and then turn on 'caring' about things in your job? You can't. Excellence is not an act, it is a habit.

If I see another grown person act like a child in public you know what I am going to do? Yeah you got that right, pray for them. But, where is this coming from? Carelessness is not an act. It is a disease, and it is spreading. It's becoming 'cool'.

But, when attention to detail drops, efficiency and profits likely follow, with lower GDP from a macro view, and people bitching about a good standard of living, screaming for welfare and wondering why and how they got in this place.

It all started out with one thing. Doing your job, giving a damn. Cleaning up. Picking up after yourself. The basics.

The basics people...

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Mar 14, 2018

Basically tragedy of the commons.

Less of a economics class view, I just think people today are generally more lazy, 1) because they are allowed to , 2), because society has ways of catering to people being lazy.

I agree that people care less, but I think that's the way some people operate. How many people do you know who complain about how they don't have enough money, or their job sucks, or they don't like some situation in their life? How many people do you know who complain about that who actively work to change that?

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Mar 14, 2018

Very true.

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Mar 15, 2018

It seems like most the billionaires created their product making lazy people more lazy. Good on them not having a dig but I do agree people are more lazy now. Honestly people are so lazy with their ambitions and career, they don't bother to think about them whilst making big decisions ie university choices.

I'm lucky my dad gave me a persistent mindset. One day we were out the back trying to fix up the fence and I said Dad whats the point its getting late and it wont work, he turned around to me and said I'm not a quiter son. Just made me realise that I shouldn't be a quiter and be lazy in life.


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Mar 14, 2018

Some people have no respect for anyone or anything unless it directly benefits themselves

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

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Mar 14, 2018

I mean I saw the actual act of lack of attention to detail in happenplace. It's not about the trash, it's what it represents. The view is littered, but the action affects society.

We see blogs and posts about people who had 'one job' or doing 'what you're supposed to do'. The importance of 'doing what you say you're going to do' I feel is an integral part to a well functioning relationship or part of a group, company or society.

Take for example the failure of someone this week in Heathrow of putting my bag in the right place or at the right time. I've been to three countries and two states since Monday and haven't seen this bag since the beginning of the trip. Someone, somewhere was careless or lazy. That one hiccup caused an array of extra service, phone calls, work that was done that didn't have to be done. Virgin Atlantic has been shipping that bag to the wrong destination for days.

The sad thing is, I planned for it. I plan for carelessness, for them to lose my check in bags, so I pack non-essential items into it.

Warren Buffet had a similar route in not planning for people's greed initially in his career. He didn't factor in that one element which changed his journey to making billions. And we have Lou Gerster who said to 'don't expect what you don't inspect.' So basically in our lives, in society we have to shape our organizations around avoiding carelessness through incentives and disincentives, like children. You get a lollipop for this, but if you don't clean your room, you're grounded, etc. It's just so much easier when someone's word is their bond, they do what they say they are going to do, if they are told to sweep the floor, they sweep the floor; but, that is not the world we live in anymore. So I expect failure.

I plan for that person to toss the trash. But, now I just smile. Because it gives me the opportunity to pray, to instruct, to show them a path through my actions, to be nice to the people screwing me because they get yelled at all day, to think about the job created for the immigrant who wants to pick up that trash. So it works out in the end, but I hope to God that the children of millennials are not even worse and more destructive. But, I'll probably plan for that too.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Mar 14, 2018

There is no more honor in this world.

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

Mar 14, 2018

Diffusion of Responsibility? Could be a factor, when it comes to things like keeping a city clean or caring for the environment the responsibility is divided by such a large population that people may just feel like a drop in the barrel.

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