“Do whatever you want as long as you’re not harming other people”
Ok yep, sweet. You mean food too, right? Because what you do to your body is your own business? I agree. But what about when you eat so much you start to require healthcare from the public medical system?
Smoke away to your heart’s (dis)content! The only one getting sick from it is you, yeah? But what about the people whom your eventual illness will affect as your capacity in their life begins to change? “Do whatever you want as long as you’re not harming other people”. Does that mean we shouldn’t try and discourage people from smoking?
I always wonder this about the environment. Of course people would be offended if they were actually reprimanded by somebody else for using takeaway packaging, or eating lots of meat. But it’s everyone’s planet that is being affected… isn’t it? So when is enough going to be enough? When will it be ok to remind one another how to lighten our footprints without worrying that someone's feelings might get hurt in the process?
“Do whatever you want as long as you’re not harming other people”.
I suppose it comes down to direction and indirection.
But me littering in your front yard, no matter how overtly direct of an offence, is overall much less harmful than if I was to drop that litter on the beach instead. So where is the line drawn?
I’ve asked an awful lot of rhetorical questions here, but you probably get what I’m angling for.
Be honest with yourself; how mindfully do you live your life?