The Shopping Cart Theory

An anon poses an interesting theory, and a simple method to determine whether a person might be good or evil:

The shopping cart is the ultimate litmus test for whether a person is capable of self-governing.

shopping cartTo return the shopping cart is an easy, convenient task and one which we all recognize as the correct, appropriate thing to do.  To return the shopping cart is objectively right.  There are no situations other than dire emergencies in which a person is not able to return their cart.  Simultaneously, it is not illegal to abandon your shopping cart.  Therefore the shopping cart presents itself as the apex example of whether a person will do what is right without being forced to do it.  No one will punish you for not returning the shopping cart, no one will fine you or kill you for not returning the shopping cart.  You must return the shopping cart out of the goodness of your own heart.  You must return the shopping cart because it is the right thing to do.  Because it is correct.

A person who is unable to do this is no better than an animal, an absolutely savage who can only be made to do what is right by threatening them with a law and the force that stands behind it.

The Shopping Cart is what determines whether a person is a good or bad member of society.

Very interesting theory, and hard to argue against.  A funny coincidence – pretty much no one at the local Wal-Mart that I occasionally visit bothers to return the cart on their own.  What an interesting message about the state of mankind, at least at Wal-Mart.

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