Conscious Thoughts 3

—If someone left a pile of wood or a barrel of fruit or just a pair of pants or shoes on the sidewalk, abandoned, we’d call it a wasted resource. We wouldn’t blame the pants. We would blame the person who put them there. We would wonder about the circumstances under which such waste came to happen.

—If those pants or that pile of wood were, instead, a homeless person or a delinquent, less rigorously thinking people might be inclined to treat and think about them differently than the pants or the pile of wood.


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