I was recently copied on an email thread in which I was attempting to help a neighborhood deal with a use issue (a bar) on an adjoining parcel that threatens to degrade quality of life for the residents. One of those neighbors who was similarly copied responded:
Any chance y’all can leave me off these emails? Too busy to read this stuff and too lazy to want to delete them all.
In my experience, that’s the attitude of the typical Scottsdale resident, and maybe even the typical US citizen. I’m certainly not one to force others to understand their own self-interest, but once again I’m reminded of my favorite quote from Plato, 424-348 BC, Greek mathematician, philosopher, and founder of the first institution of higher learning in the Western World:
The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.