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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. 

6 Responses


July 23, 2020

Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion?

Mary Kate

April 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.


April 21, 2017

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

Pip Nosher

April 20, 2017

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


April 20, 2017

I love you.


April 20, 2017

Metropolis or Gotham City? :)

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