In my recent post on the Woodchip Fairy, I briefly discuss that most people believe that: “they should do something about that”. However, “they” always refers to other, unknown people. At some point, a line is crossed and the statement becomes: “I should do something about that”. Eventually, the desire to “have something done about that” becomes a strong enough force that the person in question overcomes inertia and begins to do something. It is at this point that this person has become part of “they”.
The advantage goes to the people who are able to avoid becoming part of “they”. Becoming “they” means hard work. You may get hurt. You will make mistakes. Your investments of time, energy, and other resources may have minimal return. You will see your efforts criticized by people who think: “they should do something about that”. And, of course, at some point senseless vandalism of your activities will occur.
The reward for becoming part of “they” is that maybe, at some point in the future, somebody you don’t even know will be able to do or enjoy a thing or event because of your efforts and sacrifice. Such is the nature of civilization.