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INNER VALUES AND THE ENVIRONMENT PDF Print E-mail
Life – Consciousness

crystal mindThe question of the improvement of our relation with the environment depends upon our inner attitude and, consequently, on our inner values. Inner values as to the environment take shape on two levels. The first level of shaping of inner values is through our primary sensibility, which shows us and the environment as interrelated factors and integral parts of a wholeness.

Included in this field is that sensibility which starts out from infancy and childhood and continues, later, in the life and consciousness of the child and the adolescent. It is that sensibility which gives rise to wonder, ecstasy, and the quest for understanding, and which, in the end, with the help of reason, binds together the links of the chain of unity. This is the first field of the shaping of inner values.

The second field is to be found in social models, the models of competition, of economic development, of profit, as well as the models of everyday management values, such as, for example, how we can put a price on the air and on water as factors in our life. There are management problems, problems of the conversion of vital values into economic values, and of the conversion of cultural values into economic values.

There are also problems as to the devising of instruments for the adaptation and serving through policies of needs in relation to natural and ecological goods. In this domain, education has an important role to play in shaping new trends in inner values, as does our everyday economic practice and habits, with the part we play in production and consumption, with the models which we accept.

Inner values as regards the environment are shaped by sensibility and ratio to their primary inner dynamic, but they are shaped even more through social models and the cycle of management of the system in our daily routine.
Our choice lies in whether we are going to remember more profoundly within us our values concerning the environment, nature, and life and whether we are going to bring them to life again in order also to seek afterwards for another, better, contextualization of these inner values at the level of society and management. We have seen, here, that inner values are in a unified cycle of the shaping of values, as they act upon our inner self and as they receive influences from the environment, social models, and everyday management.

The value model of management has definitive impacts on our inner world and on the orientation of our relations with nature.

At the same time, however, the value model of management is greatly impoverished in terms of Existential Values, of Depth of Self, where idols of deception and alienating desires cannot be found. The discerning recovery of our Unity with the cosmos and the recognition of the universality of the Unity of the Self as Being lead us to a much more harmless sojourn of service on the planet.  

Ioannis Zisis, Writer

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