In today’s worldwide economy, sustainability has become a significant part of life, which had begun many years ago in past civilizations and has gradually improved and developed in today’s society. After the destruction brought about during the Holocaust, “How could anyone pretend that the human race was governed by reason, that advances in technology and science were for the greater good, when human beings were not only capable of genocide, but also possessed the ability to annihilate themselves” (Sayre 1467). Sustainability has empowered individuals to understand their potential to support and improve their quality of life, as a result protecting and enhancing the atmosphere for present and future generations. In order for individuals to continue to appreciate their quality of life, they must balance their own needs with those of others and take care of their environment. Additionally, it is about living one’s values and demonstrating them with honesty, responsibility, and generosity, because in the end everything is interconnected.
Henry David Thoreau is one of the most well-known American writers who wrote, Life without Principle, which illustrates the belief that people of integrity have their own freedom that allows them to follow their personal opinions. This can be represented in an excerpt taken from Life without Principle.
“The aim of the laborer should be, not to get his living, to get "a good job," but to perform well a certain work; and, even in a pecuniary sense, it would be economy for a town to pay its laborers so well that they would not feel that they were working for low ends, as for a livelihood merely, but for scientific, or even moral ends. Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.” (Thoreau)
This validates how individuals need to encourage themselves in order to find their purpose in life and how they should respond to their surroundings. If an individual works his entire life just to earn a living and does not appreciate or experience what the world has to offer, then what is the point in working so hard? In order for someone to discover oneself, they need to become connected with nature. In addition, “You may raise money enough to tunnel a mountain, but you cannot raise money enough to hire a man who is minding his own business. An efficient and valuable man does what he can, whether the community pay him for it or not.” (Thoreau) Thoreau describes how such economic aspects of society have distracted man and that it ought to be a small part of someone’s life or else the meaning of life gets lost.
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