A Defining Moment in “The Simpsons”


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A Defining Moment in The Simpsons
There are many defining moments in The Simpsons movie. Perhaps the moral crux of the movie is the Springfieldians’ collective decision to pollute their lake. It is this decision that creates the crisis that drives the rest of the movie and that offers the most interesting opportunities to explore its underlying moral questions.
The pollution of Lake Springfield is an example of what is known as the tragedy of the commons, which refers to the empirically observed phenomenon that public land is degraded much more quickly than private land. The tragedy of the commons has an economic and a moral basis. The economic basis is that people have less incentive to take care of public resources than they have to take...
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.....ar system of law. In terms of the movie, the laws that protect the lake should be counterbalanced by laws that provide people outlets and incentives to address their needs in other ways. In the absence of such laws, one should castigate the dumpers as immoral, but one should also castigate the state for the immorality of refusing to provide economic alternatives for Springfield.
It is not merely a case that Springfieldians have a duty to the lake. The state also has a duty to the Springfieldians. I feel that the dumping, and the immorality that attaches to it, both ultimately emanate from the failure of the state, not the failure of individual dumpers.
Badaracco, J. (1997). Defining moments. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business Press.