A woman has been charged with a class A misdemeanor after egging houses and cars with her daughter and several other minors.Why, you ask, is the culture changing, leaving so many people feeling adrift? One reason is that a lot of what people did in the 50s and 60s now seems dangerous (street drag racing, riding bicycles without helmets), unhealthy (heavy drinking), unkind (see the whole anti-bullying, anti-microaggressions movement), sexist, racist, or criminal (egging houses on Halloween).
44-year-old Jennifer Terry of Ogden, Utah, allegedly drove her companions around on Aug. 20 and threw between 10 and 15 dozen eggs at 10 to 20 homes. Terry told police they committed the vandalism because she “didn’t care” and because of family problems, the Standard Examiner reports.
Over the past decade I have spent a lot of time pondering the ways the culture is changing and how people feel about it, and one of the things I keep coming back to is that a culture is an organic whole. The culture of small towns and tight-knit neighborhoods of the 1900 to 1960 period had many features that we now deplore. But you can't make big changes in a culture and expect that everything else will stay the same. Tight-knit communities are often tight-knit because of conflicts with other groups; when the Irish kids stopped fighting with the German kids, and taboos against inter-ethnic marriage fell, something was gained in openness but lost in group cohesion. That's just one example but I have a sense that, as the Hagakure says, "This understanding extends to all things."
To get back to our egging story:
One victim claims the egging damaged the home’s stucco to the tune of $2,343, while another says it necessitated repair to a car’s ignition that cost $3,000.Where did these numbers come from? Did the first guy decide that the egg stains required replacing dozens of square feet of stucco? Even if he was hit with a dozen eggs, that seems like a lot to me. And how on earth could you disable a car's ignition with an egg? That must have been one of the luckiest shots in history.