I read a blog comment from a guy today who said that joy riding for the sake of joy riding is bad for the planet. He almost called it a crime. As a conservative American I take exception to that idea.
Here in America we have an idea called freedom. Freedom to do what we want as long as it does not hurt anyone else. I do not see how joyriding can hurt anyone else, unless you view the idea through the liberal prism.
Liberals have a tendency to see anything that anyone does as a possible way to hurt someone else. They especially like to show how something that I do can hurt someone else if it will forward the liberal agenda. But I would argue that most of what they are considering as hurting someone is in an indirect manner and not in a direct manner. That way of thinking is increasingly becoming damaging to this country.
I can prove that anything that I do is bad for someone else. If I get up and drink water today, I am using water that someone else could have used. If I turn on my lightbulb I am using electricity that someone else could have used. What if I could show that my use of either the water or the electricity was not as valid as some other person's use of them. What if another person needs the electricity to run some kind of oxygen machine that they need to breathe? Am I entitled to turn on the light when I need it if they need it more? Am I hurting them?
Possibly in an indirect manner, but not in a direct manner. If everything that we do can be shown to injure someone else, what is left? Can we do anything? Do we need legislation against doing anything that may possibly injure someone else? There are some who would say yes.
There are some people, evidenced by the joyriding is a crime guy, who believe that someone needs to decide when we can use water, electricity, gas, and food. If I buy gas, am I not entitled to use it any way that I see fit? Or do we need some guy, like the joyriding is a crime guy, to decide how I should use my gas?
Maybe we should all decide that he is not entitled to turn on his computer. There are better uses of electricity. Maybe he should not get to eat today. He is a bit overweight and there are better uses of food. He should not get to use his cell phone today. The radio waves hurt other people. He should not be allowed to talk today. There are better uses of oxygen. He wears glassses and does not look like a physically stong person. He is probably not healthy. Do we need physically weak people taking up space on the planet?
Liberal thinking is dangerous.