Britt in “Neat people vs. sloppy people” believes that neat people are lazy, mean, petty, callous, wasteful and insensitive. How would you respond?
People, especially those with creative and intelligent minds, can always find ways and reasons to justify anything they want to think or do. Rationalizing can be an art, used to influence or deceive, for positive or negative purposes. This is why even smart people get fooled and the innocent goes to jail. Suzanne Britt’s essay uses this art of rationalization by challenging commonly-held notions about sloppy people and arguing that sloppiness is, actually, something to appreciate rather than deride.
According to Britt, the sloppiness is brought about by days or months of accumulated things that the sloppy person cannot throw away because every object is important towards his achieving some “noble reasons” (Britt). They will organize their mess once they have achieved these said reasons. The neat people, on the other hand, “are bums and clods at heart” (Britt). They don’t care about things. They throw away anything they can throw because they are the ones lazy to care for the little things. They “place neatness over everything” (Britt). They are wasteful and insensitive.
Britt’s reasons are well-argued and sound logical, but upon further contemplation, his justifications are too abstract and unrealistic to be convincing. The excuse that sloppy people are too intent on realizing some “heavenly vision, a precise plan, that is so stupendous, so perfect, it can’t be achieved in this world or the next” (Britt) is abstract, exaggerated, overreaching and can simply be adjudged as simply that: an excuse. For whatever one says sloppiness is not appreciated and there is simply no excuse for the bad habits of sloppy people. Britt’s attempts to turn the table against neat people, using the attributive adjectives that people use to describe lazy people as actually traits of neat people, do not convince because the reality is that if one looks at the desk of a neat person, he cannot help but be impressed at the neatness.
Britt, Suzanne. Neat people vs. sloppy people.