The news of Portland’s reservoir contamination and tragically the dumping of million gallons of water confirms that we need to slow down and ‘reflect’. Our society is too caught up in our ‘parts’ or another system term, seeing only the peaks of the ‘iceberg’. The materialistic society disconnects us from the side effects of our consumption. The separation allows for excuses of our actions and relieves us from our accountability to preservation. The guys distracted by their need for public recognition cannot foresee nor fully understand the environmental consequences of their actions. Maybe the sentences for prior contaminations of the reservoir were rather too lenient, community service instead of jail time. Whatever the reason for their action, I hope the public shaming will deter this from reoccurring.