As the end of this course is approaching, I know that knowledge of and focus on eco-friendliness will come to a halt if I do not seek it out even further for myself. I truly want my knowledge to grow in this area, but at times the issue can almost seem too large, impossible, daunting, or as some may like to call it — wicked. Seeing the issue as such tends to obstruct my vision from the end goal, which is sustainability. Is that really so much for the earth to ask? To simply sustain? I my have thought so before, but this class has changed my view on that subject.
Honestly, poverty has never been something I thought too deeply about. I grew up being taught that you should always be grateful for what you are given, especially when the blessings seem to come in abundance. My whole life, I have never had to worry about ‘just getting by’ when it comes to economics. I feel very blessed in that sense, but I feel that this aspect of my own life has somewhat caused me to neglect that there are those out there that need help. A month ago, my response to this would have been, “Well of course they need help, but I cannot do much.” Now, I know that they do not just need help for the present, but rather even more so for the future of all humanity. I had always heard of poverty being described as an economic issue, but the reading taught me otherwise. Poverty is also a social condition. This was news to me. Poverty in combination with unsustainable design is a vicious cycle that we must force ourselves to get out of if we care even a little about our environment. The reading urged us not to look at the impoverished as a cause of environmental degradation, but rather victims of it. I was glad to see the author of the reading making a point to say this after explaining how poverty was a huge cause of unsustainability.
The meditation session for this week gave me some great insight. I especially enjoyed the use of physical pieces of nature within the meditation process. I was surprised to hear most of my classmates saying that this aspect caused their minds to drift. Personally, the use of this type of focused meditation gave me something physical to hone in on, which helped me so much. I felt grounded by using an object of pure nature. I remember looking at the bag of what I thought was just sticks and twigs being passed around the room. I mindlessly grabbed something out of the bag without hardly looking as it was passed to me. I was surprised when I looked at my hand and saw a small, almost immature vine. The vine was half leaves and half roots. The roots even still had soil accumulated on them. I do not know why this was so beautiful to me in this moment, but it truly was. Prior to grabbing this vine, I was so prepared to just grab stick like everyone else’s, but instead pulled out something still so full of life. The vibrant colors of green, red, and deep soil brown come to my mind when I thin back to this small vine. I so deeply enjoyed analyzing the design within this piece of nature.