The “M” word (for morality) might even be slightly less popular than the “A” word. Nonetheless, we can’t escape it. More on the riots:
What Cacnio is telling us, then, is that, on a night in which she says she was so jumped up with adrenaline and booze that she found looting a store to be a perfectly rational thing to do, she was also morally aware and clear-headed enough to put her love of the natural world into action by saving some trees.
The same sort of morality is often on display in the abortion debate. I’ve met vegetarians/environmentalists who have had abortions. It’s a question of what you believe to be right and wrong, and I say that in a dispassionate tone. We teach today that the natural environment is sacred. We simultaneously teach that it is a choice to have an abortion.
It doesn’t matter that those two contradict each other or that our sense of morality is skewed. (People, not trees, anyone?) People respond to the teaching they have received. I don’t know anything about Cacnio, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she had also learned that capitalists are immoral, and if that didn’t inform her choice to steal from the “greedy bastards.”by