Suppose there’s a dangerous intersection near you—2 people killed in fatal accidents in just three months. Would you get involved, or would you just “smell the roses”?
Suppose you discovered, quite by accident, that the roofs in your community don’t meet the building code, and that there’s a danger that they could come off during a hurricane (suppose you live on the coast). Would you get involved, or would you just “smell the roses”?
Suppose you discovered that the builder of your community cut corners on stormwater management ponds. If the builder gets away with it, you and your community will be left “holding the bag” for the MAJOR costs for fixing the shoddy construction. Would you get involved, or would you just “smell the roses”?
Suppose one of your neighbors, who lives alone and has macular degeneration, comes to you and asks you about the cracks in her stucco, and the corrosion underneath. Would you get involved, or would you just “smell the roses”?
Suppose that the builder of your community rules your community like a tyrant. The builder makes the rules, and changes the rules, at his whim, without regard to the thousands of people who live in your community. Suppose that the builder forces out someone who you’ve elected, in a democratic vote, to represent you. Suppose the builder fires, or forces the resignations, of several people who have volunteered to lead community committees. Would you get involved, or would you just “smell the roses”?
Edmund Burke said: "All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing."
Edmund Burke got involved, and spoke out during the American Revolution. Today we’re a free nation because of people like Edmund Burke.
Mahatma Gandhi said: “A coward is incapable of love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”
There are times to "smell the roses"; and, there are times to get involved.