Huh. I looked up "ethics" in several dictionaries, but never found anything where it said those who considered themselves better than others, could redefine the term at their convenience.
It did say something about treating others as you'd like to be treated. Which, like I said before, has a lot more to do with gestures and how you symbolize your respect for other people.
Which is to say that, leaving gear up on a 5.12 is a SYMBOL to anyone passing by, that you'd leave your gear up on whatever route you damn well please, because you're so awesome and everyone should bow to you, and you couldn't give a crap about what anyone else thinks.
Or am I just being sarcastic? Or, "ironical"? Who knows?