Our lovely state of Connecticut has implemented yet another tax for us residents. And I at first was furious with it. We pay a ton of taxes in our state, and don’t worry I will not go into them all. But this one was ridiculous to me. A tax on the bags that we receive at stores to package what we buy. I learned quickly to bring my own bags and if I forgot to purchase my bags I would carry my items out if possible. But my thoughts on this new tax recently changed, when just the other day I left a walmart in Coventry, Rhode Island and saw a ton of bags along the road. Bags caught in the bare winter branches of the trees, bags along the ground, and bags everywhere. Bags and litter all along the road out of the parking lot. Shameful.
I then realized we earned this tax. Now it is possible that a few of these bags may have gotten away from someone on a windy day. I myself have chased a runaway bag or receipt, and have always retrieved it. But I do know it is not always possible. That being said, what is the excuse for the rest?
As I get older I realize more and more that we do not own this world, we simply share it. And when I see litter to this extent it saddens me and then makes me mad.
So I have to say that this is one tax that we have earned. I may not have earned it myself, but sadly I am a human, and my fellow humans have earned it. I hope now that someday these bags are no longer available, but I know that is not realistic. What would be a better outcome is that people simply take their trash home and dispose of it properly. I will NEVER understand someone that throws their garbage on the ground, or cigarette butt out the window. If you do not want it around you, what makes you think that we want to see it all over our beautiful earth.
I sadly realize that the people that are doing this won’t probably read this. But I hope that they get hit with the tax in Rhode Island. Because they have earned it.
Sorry that I am not writing about Art, but I feel as though the world around me is also art. A beautiful landscape that does not deserve to be marred by litter.