Sometimes we’re all sociopathic. That doesn’t mean it’s okay.

The person who sets off fireworks all night long on the 4th of July (or the weeks before or after it) is the same sort of sociopath who wears too much cologne or turns up the car radio to 11 and rolls down the window when their jam comes on.

That is to say, that person is all of us, sometimes.

That doesn’t mean it’s okay.  I totally understand fireworks on the 4th of July (or even the weekend closest).  Even until midnight.

But this year, for example, the fireworks went on that weeknight pretty much all night.  And the week before.  And they’re still going on sporadically over two weeks later.

And I bet those people who are setting them off are thinking about nothing except how cool the fireworks are.  How enjoyable they are.

They aren’t thinking about, for example, my dog cowering and afraid to go out after dark during the summer.

Again, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying fireworks.  Or your cologne. Or your favorite jam while in the car.

But there is something wrong with being so selfish that you don’t stop to consider how what you’re doing is effecting all those around you.