In Suzanne Britt’s essay Neat People vs. Sloppy People, she carefully and humorously compares the two kinds of individuals. I personally enjoyed her interpretations very much. In her opinion, the variation was not merely the differences in preferences in cleanliness, but in morality. She states, “Neat people are lazier and meaner than sloppy people”. This is a bold statement, assuming that all neat people are lazy and mean, when some may beg to differ. Others consider sloppy people to be the lazy ones.
Her description of “sloppy people” I particularly enjoyed. At this point in time, if Britt entered my dorm room, she would immediately identify my roommate and I as “sloppy people”. According to Britt, there is a very understandable reason to my untidiness. In her words, “Sloppy people, you see, are not really sloppy. Their sloppiness is merely the unfortunate consequence of their extreme moral rectitude”. This means, despite my mother’s constant nagging about my lack of cleanliness, this slack in tidiness justifies what a great, ethical person I am. I will have to remember this the next time I am at home long enough to create the type of mess Britt describes. It will be my valid excuse, my justification.
Britt describes “neat people” as being “bums and clods at heart”. She says they see every meaningful thing, such as family heirlooms, as potential dust catchers that must be disposed of as quickly as possible. There is one point in which I disagree with Britt. My grandmother is one of the most immaculate people I’ve ever encountered in my life. Britt says that clean people are wasteful and place the neatness above everything including economics. My grandmother saves every plastic container, whether it once held butter, sour cream, or whipped cream. The author wrote that “neat people” would throw away all empty con