Called for Something Greater
The topic of sustainability and how to persuade people to adopt sustainable living practices is very complex and difficult to provide a complete answer. After reading Ridley and Low and their â€śtit-for-tatâ€? theory, where one only helps another if the one in need has helped them in the past or would help them in the future, it is easy to see that it is one of humanityâ€™s innate qualities to primarily look out for itself instead of others. I do believe that this kind of natural survival instinct is very prominent among humanity, but I think we have underestimated how charitable and compassionate human beings can really be. I think humanity has the capability to get past their own needs to meet the needs of others with no benefit or reward granted to them in return. For example, people who volunteer are great examples of what it means to genuinely care about the needs and lives of others who are less fortunate than they are by rising above their own self-interests. The best example of this selfless mindset is seen in the lifestyle that Mother Teresa led. Day in and out she put aside her self-interests to work among the poorest of the poor to make a huge impact on their quality of life. I understand that we cannot all be self-less to the extent that Mother Teresa was, but I do think we are all capable of rising above the sole interests of ourselves. This being said, why isnâ€™t humanity changing its behaviors on how weâ€™re treating the environment? Sadly, I think that even though humanity is capable of selfless acts, I think that most of us choose not to act on them either because of the lack of knowledge of potential negative impacts, or simply because we do not have time due to humanityâ€™s fast lifestyle pace. This being said, I do think that the government needs to step in to provide some incentives to force those who lack knowledge and time to make better choices for the benefit of the environment. In addition, I think that it is also still important, even with government intervention, to keep appealing to morality and conscience since humanity is capable of thinking beyond themselves and their own interests and desires.