Values are embedded in the words we choose to use to communicate. What are our values as Americans? What specific words do we use to express them? What particular phrases would we consider to be based on linear thinking? What particular phrases would we consider to be colonizing? degenerative? What role do values play in sustainability? Do you believe that our inability to let go of certain degenerative values could lead to a resistance to sustainability? There are values that seem to be consistent with regenerative practices as there are values that seem to be consistent with degenerative practices. Are there any values that are both regenerative and degenerative? Or neither? Can we have degenerative values and still attain sustainability? For instance, can we be competitive, status-seeking, and self-centered and still be sustainable? Can we even change our values or do we have to rely on future generations to hold values consistent with regenerative characteristics? Which, if any, of the seven deadly sins has now become acceptable as a positive social value in our consumerist culture?
Some values that come to mind being American is being strong, independent, a leader, and freedom. I think as American we use the word freedom especially strong and we use it in a condescending way where we have Freedom and everyone else doesn’t. Freedom is a linear thought. It can be degenerative because because we’re Americans we have freedom to do whatever we want which includes not caring about sustainability. I believe values play a lot in sustainability and a big value that prevents this is greed and a fear of change and because of this it is definitely a resistance to sustainability. Greed in a positive outlook is “self-interest” and that can be good in an attempt to further business in maybe a sustainable way that other businesses aren’t into, but at the same time because there is greed sustainability as a nation is very difficult because corporations basically run our nation. They hold most of our money and are the only ones powerful enough to make big long lasting change. If sustainability can become a trend and more laws are implemented in supporting it and making it more profitable then we may have hope to a sustainable future as well as proper education on the subject for the next generation.
Your reaction to the required Janine Benyus videos
The video showed a lot of materials and technology that we already have that is sustainable and stronger or better than the wide spread use of certain technologies that we have today like the polymer explained in the video, the software, and abalone shells being stronger than most our ceramics but it isn’t in use. I’m surprised that we have these things and they aren’t in use probably because businesses don’t want to use these more expensive products and people don’t want to try new things both adding to the difficulty of becoming a sustainable nation. I’m sure there are many more products just like the ones Janine talked about and unfortunately they aren’t popular when they should be. The 3d printing is really interesting and cool and i’m sure as technology for it improves it will become more and more popular because it is already quite amazing in what it can print and do like printing buildings…