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Collapse of civilization? For or against?

Collapse of civilization? For or against?

Some people tell me it is smarter to pay the occasional parking ticket than it is to put money in the meter every time. Economists would probably agree. The logic goes like this. Imagine that you will get a $20 ticket less than once a week. The meter for an afternoon costs $4. So in the long run it will be cheaper to pay a ticket every couple weeks than it is to pay the meter every afternoon. That’s looking at the problem in purely economic terms.

I see it differently. To continue to enjoy all the marvelous benefits of a civilized society, I should play by society’s rules...whenever I can. If it is not too irksome, I should pay taxes, stop when the traffic light turns amber, and shovel the snow from my walk.

Putting money in the parking meter is one of the small things I can do to help prevent the collapse of civilization and to keep the lawless barbarians away from the gates. So, I do. You’re welcome.

My friend, Batman, could easily justify free parking in Metropolis, but instead he does his part.


PS: Batman might be my most popular t-shirt on Threadless. 

Comments on this post (6)

  • Jul 23, 2020

    Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion?

    — yogbwdivpw

  • Apr 23, 2017

    And Americans are the few in civilized societies today that will continue to stop at a red light in the middle of the night when there is no traffic in either direction. Thank you America for being civilized.

    — Mary Kate

  • Apr 21, 2017

    I knew someone was keeping civilization afloat. Turns out it’s you. Thanks, Don!

    — Jean

  • Apr 20, 2017

    I assume 1943 Batman is putting a nickel in the meter. And thanks for shoveling your sidewalk. It does make a difference.

    — Pip Nosher

  • Apr 20, 2017

    I love you.

    — Beckee

  • Apr 20, 2017

    Metropolis or Gotham City? :)

    — Schala

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