Good Morning, and Happy New Year-
I doubt if your view will receive much sympathy here- until I moved to Utah, I had never before encountered such a people so enamored of fireworks and things that go "bang".
We have fireworks and firecrackers (first time I've actually seen the distinction used- in common usage, there are one and the same) on July 4th (national Independence Day) and July 24th (Pioneer Day, in celebration of the first settlement of Utah), and again on New Years.
We also have both fairly restrictive laws on the type and power of fireworks, as well as easy access to "illegal" fireworks imported from neighboring states.
Finally, because Utah is a desert climate, we have varying degrees of fire danger year-to-year.
Despite all that, and based on observation, the general consensus is startlingly libertarian in nature: so long as you're not hurting anyone else, we'll leave you well enough alone.
This is the eternal principle of agency at its finest, and we find those who would restrict us- especially "for our own good" (as they see it)- to be especially nettlesome.
The German saying you quoted "Man soll kein Wasser predigen, wenn man selbst Wein trinkt." (don't preach about water if you drink wine yourself)- would be accepted almost without question here.
[quoteIn my opinion it is some kind of insanity,[/quote] Perhaps- but unless it is doing you direct harm, you have little moral recourse towards squelching it.
There are many things that "kids these days" do which I consider folly, foolishness, or just plain stupid. Unless it's immediately dangerous, they're doing it to me or mine- or doing it on my lawn- it's a lesson they'll have to learn for themselves.
Or in other words, "You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink."
Edited by selek, 01 January 2013 - 07:59 AM.