Broken Windows

Posted by Doc
Jul 05 2012

From the Broken Windows paper that led to the Broken Windows Theory:

“Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside. Or consider a sidewalk. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of trash from take-out restaurants there or breaking into cars.”

This got me to thinking about this in an individual context. How often do I leave things unrepaired in my own life? Regardless of whether it is physical clutter, incomplete relationship matters, or taking on too much, the effect is pretty much the same.


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