Doom to you who legislate evil, who make laws that make victims—
Laws that make misery for the poor, that rob my destitute people of dignity,
Exploiting defenseless widows, taking advantage of homeless children.
Americans enjoy the luxury of water in extravagant ways. We irrigate lawns, maintaining lush greenness throughout even the driest summer months. We establish golf courses in the middle of deserts. We use appliances that consume way more water than necessary — flush toilets, dishwashers, and washing machines are a few examples. We construct water parks that splash and flow with this precious resource. Mostly we don’t think about it, this wonderful miracle that is fresh water. We turn on a tap without ever wondering if the water coming out is pure enough to drink, taking for granted a resource to which billions of people have little or no access.
I’ve noticed a particularly interesting water-related behavior at work. We have regular taps at work, both in the bathrooms and in the kitchens. They provide perfectly good Shrewsbury city water. However, the company also provides water-cooler water, which most people use frequently. I fill my water bottle from that source. However, a drinks machine recently appeared nearby, and it contains a wide variety of bottled waters that a person could buy for $1.
The bottled waters are almost always sold out in the drink machine. I cannot for the life of me understand why people pay a dollar for the same thing they could obtain for free in the room next door. OK, the water may have bubbles or a slight fruity flavor. But… but… are bubbles or a slight fruity flavor worth a whole dollar? This puzzles me to no end.