Something I still need to learn

Posted by tinythoughtguy on June 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM

One of the biggest challenges I have is to figure out where the line is, where the balance is, between allowing and interfering. If somebody wants to throw a cigarette butt out the window, is that their prerogative? If you think that this person should not do that, do you say something, or do you allow “karma” to take care of it for you?

If it is something as simple as a cigarette butt maybe you let it slide; however, if it is something more serious, say animal abuse, child abuse, then I think most people would say that something should be said or done.

The other day, while sitting at sidewalk table waiting for my meal to arrive, another patron of the restaurant threw his lit cigarette butt a few feet away from where I was sitting.  I didn’t want the cigarette to smolder away and pollute the air, so I stomped it out. So, does one simply leave it at that and not say anything because this fellow should be allowed to continue to do as he wants? Is it this person's right, or the right for other's to impose their ways, their pollution, their beliefs, on everyone else? Or, does one say something to the person who is imposing, thereby asserting your will?

I guess the answer will vary with the person and the situation. I personally can’t even come up with a consistent “rule” to apply in my life, so I certainly can’t make the rules for anyone else. Perhaps it’s just something to ponder, if you get “THE” answer, please let me know.


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