- I’m helping the rag-pickers and other poor people who make a living out of selling the stuff we throw down.
- It’s not a big deal
- Someone is going to clear it off anyway, that’s why they hire sweepers.
- What difference is this small wrapper going to make to that dung heap?
- The rubbish is anyway going to be dumped somewhere and this is going to pollute land.
- The waterfalls will clear the rubbish and when the waters reach the plains, there will be not much dirt in it. [For water pollution]
These are about some of the stuff that I’ve heard people say as an excuse for their laziness and indifference. There’s a quote – “The opposite of love is not hatred. It is indifference.”
We may love our country, we may hate it or even we may be indifferent to it. What we feel about our country doesn’t matter to me so much as how much of our people’s character is exhibited by the way we maintain our surroundings. It is indiscipline when a home maker dumps garbage from her dustbin exactly outside her house’s compound wall. It’s indiscipline when some guy spits or defecates. It’s indiscipline when we throw rubbish out of the car while driving and on the streets while walking. And we, with our serious lack of discipline, talk about the great culture of our country. Honestly, what culture are we talking about? The culture where everyone behaves like an uncivilized individual?
We are the people of a majestic civilization, the citizens of a country so beautiful and glorious in its ancient history, a nation comprising of some of the best of the jewels of humanity. Let’s not throw our grandeur away… because that would be like cultural suicide. Let’s understand that the big picture consists of very minute and trivial shows of discipline and civility.