Jennifer Nielsen

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Jennifer Nielsen
Posted over 2 years ago
How attached are you to your deeply held beliefs? If solutions to global problems challenge your worldview, how do you react?
I think your initial question says it all. With the exception of an enlightened few, we are all generally bound by our deep seated beliefs. There is no single solution to global problems - all solutions are important and no single solution will fit all situations. It simply is neither the nature of the planet of the individuals on it. (Belief systems govern so much - the value of things, how we treat each other, what we care about, what we learn, what we choose to see and so on.) Solving this problem is going to take all of us, acting in our own areas of expertise, from the highest levels of government and industry through to the manner in which each individual lives. The problem to me is that while (thank god) people like those in this discussion are interested and often involved in solving vegetation problems and saving elephants, most of the planet is focused on getting the kids to school, getting a promotion, worrying about real estate prices and the cost of petrol.. (All of which you might add are constructs.) I think there is a real place for mass level influence to change beliefs slowly. Captains of industry, rulers of lands, scientists, social workers, thieves alike are all mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends and governors of the earth's resources. Get 'em at home and you will get 'em at the office.
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Jennifer Nielsen
Posted over 2 years ago
The social construct drives inertia, driving us all on the single focus of getting through their daily lives, away from anything meaningful.
Your points are well made and I really appreciate the meaning in your responses, but it isn't a personal struggle I refer to. I raise the question in the context of changing behaviour to stop mindless consumption, think more about the way people are treated around the world in the creation of goods and services and to stall climate change. It is the innocent ignorance with which most of us live our daily lives, completely unaware of the extent to which we are manipulated by marketing, news and the influence of friends that I refer to. I guess my point is more centrally that people don't pay attention to the real truth in many of these things and in the main, see no reason to. In general, we all just continue to accept all kinds of things because there are (reasonably) more important things in our lives. 'Bigger' things like raising the kids, getting a promotion, saving for the most perfect vacation, having meaningful conversation like this. While these matters are integrally important, I really believe that it is paying more attention to the little things we often dismiss that will make a real difference to changing the way we live.We need to in order to create any kind of group integrity. Which is what we need to save our own futures.