Are we causing our own fate?

As Dr. Jayadas spoke about sustainability, I did not know what he was talking about, but I have come to learn what it means. Sustainability is maintaining change in a balanced manner, to enhance both current and future potential to meet human needs and aspirations. Sustainability has to do with environment, economic, and social problems. We must think about our future generations and the world that we will leave them with; developing the necessary goals for the human race and earth to both survive.

When I first enrolled for this class, I had no clue what I was going to be learning about. Then on the first day of class, I was asked to define a wicked problem, my definition of a wicked problem has already changed from the first day of class. A wicked problem to me, deals with social or cultural problems that can take a lifetime to solve, or are impossible. The difference between a tame problem and a wicked problem, is the amount of solutions each has and the correct way to solve them. A tame problem has one solution and a correct algorithm, while a wicked problem has multiple solutions and does not have an algorithm to stand by. That is why we have the six characteristics, to help organize and determine the extent of the problem. This activity helped me realize just how important each characteristic is when solving a wicked problem. Wicked problems may not have a correct algorithm, but each characteristic can lead to a somewhat quicker, but also more advanced way to one step closer to the solution. Wicked problems keep growing, and as you can see in the 11th hour, the problems are spreading like a wild fire. It was eye-opening to watch, and intimidating. How will this affect our future generations, if our problems keep spreading? We are overdue on time, to take a step back and realize what we are doing to our earth.

When reading the article about Easter Island, it made me realize how fortunate we are and how much we take that for granted. Our world is full of the smartest beings, but we continue to destroy our earth. There are similarities between our state and theirs. Deforestation is largely the same as what we are doing to their earth, just as they did then. Consequences of using for their own use, for their statues. Are we going to learn from histories mistakes? Or make them all over again?


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