Human Mindset- An Essay Linking Humans, Nature And Education

Abstract: Human mindset creates a world of economics and instant gratification rather than including nature in all choices. This rational behavior creates a crisis of sustainability leading towards a deadly future. A change in education needs to take place in order for technology and nature to harmonize.

Humanity is the main demon towards the environment. Development and technology has faulted sustainability, leaving an unpromising future for all life on Earth. As David Orr presents, “striving for harmony” will be very challenging due to human mindset (Orr, 2009). Therefore, a change must be made in order to strive for sustainability. The topic of human nature will be discussed as the result of this economic growth, and education will be addressed to further explain this “crisis of sustainability.”
The human mind does not possess a “consciousness of land” (Orr, 2009). The values and scope of education does not articulate the concept of sustainability and its importance. Since the beginning of human time, life has always been about short term success. New ages brought along new technologies that made life simpler but maybe not always in best way. It is believed that education does not play the correct part, because it also enhances economics. Therefore, harmony should be taught. The new generation needs to possess a different mindset than compared to the past. Orr suggests this to be a social trap, where certain patterns of behavior are drawn out with the immediate rewards to confront them (Orr, 2009). This crisis is the product of rational behavior. No human will be willing to put forth effort that does not come with immediate gain/satisfaction. Unfortunately, a situation such as this does not come with an “instant paycheck.”
To continue, expansion of industry beyond the capacity of natural systems creates suffocation. However, humans only want and accept growth. It is believed it is required for social order and efficiency (Orr, 2009). But catastrophe in a growing system will light a fire once it is too late to advert. Orr presents the main flaws that economics posses and contributes too. First, it does not have a concept of optimal size. It continues to grow, in order to continue prosperity. Second, it mistakes Gross National Product as an achievement and the main goal, rather than as a cost towards a required maintained level of population and “things.” Third, it lacks a model of a reasonable person that defends ecology and morals. Fourth, economics has created a stock out of nature in means to be used altogether. Orr uses the term gluttony, to describe the hunger human economics expresses. Lastly, there is an assumption that the large economy of nature will always be independent from human economy due to the independent cycles such as energy (Orr, 2009).
As previously mentioned, the approach to always have dominance and control is inherent. It is believed it was derived from many religious beliefs, creating a large gap between the belief and the actual human behavior. However, other concepts have supported this behavior: capitalism, and industrial culture (Orr, 2009). It is also reasons from dominance to want to create as well (cloning). Maybe even to have the power to give life will create this astounding pleasure and eliminate god altogether. This leads away from the religious concept and into relying more on science. “The idea that science and technology should be limited on grounds of ecological prudence or mortality apparently struck too close to the presumptions of establishment science for comfort” (Orr, 2009). Science has opened the window of unlimited human curiosity, furthering the scientific exploration. This exploration now has obtained the face of funded government and corporate labs which hinders the building of a sustainable society. Now science and technological innovation is being seen as inherently good and essential in order to surmount natural constraints or to the development of energy and resource efficiency (Orr, 2009).
Another inherited flaw of humans is the tendency to always move away from the possibility that we are flawed, willful or perhaps a fallen race. This trait, unfortunately, may explain some of the evolutionary wrong turns, flaws in our culture and science, and the social traps. This human condition is the main result to greed, passions, and the urge to dominate (Orr, 2009). Orr presents this as a “demonic” restlessness that only can be cured if a change in consciousness occurs that recognizes limits. These restrictions, however, take away the “wants” of human society. Can, not getting everything we want be a good thing? It is believed that this consumption is “barking at the wrong tree” because it only fulfills a little.
A new educational system is the answer to majority of the current human implications. A new structure that includes sustainability in the entire curriculum pushes students to always have it in mind. Just like how we have success always in mind, nature will be included in every choice. The new generations will develop “logic” of environmentalism. I believe this process will be long and tedious, but it is in hope to create a new set of ethics and outlook.
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18-21, F
Jul 16, 2010