The Gull Reef Club

7/13/2018

Virtue Strawgnaling

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:49 pm

It’s summer, which means it’s bogus outrage season for so many Americans. Bored? Why not get angry over something that is relatively unimportant and will assuage your insecurities about being on the right side of history? It’s the 21st century American way.

This year’s outrage topic de jour? Plastic straws. Let’s ignore the fact that plastic straw waste makes up a whopping .02% of all the world’s plastic waste, and let’s also ignore the fact that we Americans only contribute about 1% of the world’s plastic waste altogether. We have to ignore that if we want to be outraged. We also have to ignore these facts if we want to give the illusion that we are “doing something” about said outrage.

Go ahead, “do something” you amazing anti-pollution advocate you. Go ahead and declare your self-righteousness to the world and let us know that you won’t be using plastic straws anymore. That will fix things, and it sure will make you feel good about yourself. Stroke that ego with your paper straw.

Hopefully next summer’s outrage will be more interesting. Maybe I will get on board. In the meantime, I will be over here, sipping a cool drink from a plastic straw.

Source on plastic waste facts

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