Sustainable endeavours are the
development of methods and structures
the goal of which is to eliminate an individuals
detrimental impact upon other lives
human or otherwise.
- It can be argued that all things
pass and nothing is the only sustainable concept. This
may not be true. If nothing is in fact sustainable due to
it not being subject to change as it has no being to
change a similar argument may be postulated that if
change is the only constant then change is sustainable.
- Hence we have an argument
that there is such a thing as sustainability.
- However it is inconceivable
how the word sustainable can be applied to external human
endeavours with such a meaning.
- A suitable interpretation
would be actions that do not impact in any detrimental
way to another life. Clearly this allows the
mass destruction of inanimate objects where it can be
shown there is no detriment to life- this is unlikely.
- The closest I consider I have been
to such an idea is to play with sand or mud at the
seashore with the confidence that the waves will shortly
restore my sandcastle to a level beach.
- On small scales then
sustainability means low impact alterations to the
environment that have no conceivable detriment.
- Such a goal is idealistic
and only limited success is likely to be achieved.
However if large undertakings are acted out in small
events each of the smaller events may be formatted or
modified to be sustainable.
Sustainability can not
be accomplished by agreement of groups; it is an
individual's consciousness that has to find the method.
We can help each other find solutions but the solutions
must be personal. There can be no doctrine that other
Not withstanding the
ineffectiveness of group efforts, due to the overriding
need to maintain the group, agreements can and should be
reached on methods of exploitation with a view that each
member of the group should express personal solutions to
their detrimental impact. Where a number of people agree
on individual low impact demands it is still proper for
each individual to make exceptions.
Exceptions to a general
rule of agreement should be agreed in writing
for the person requesting. A scenario may proceed as
Jennifer Blaggins may wish to
involve herself in company of a non-smoking regime with a
number of people on a smallholding. An agreement is reached
that clarified. Jennifer does not extol any virtues in
smoking but finds it hard to quit (she smokes ten a day). She
suggests that with support she could reduce her smoking to an
eventual cessation. This will be attempted over the coming
year by her smoking one cigarette less per day during each of
the next 10 months.
Simon Smarty-pants is a special brew freak and a similar
agreement is reached.
This does not mean that Jennifer and Simon can exchange, sell
or give away their allotment. The agreement is for their
consumption not their exploitation. It is necessary to
support others endeavours to limit their impact by not
offering them involvement in habits we chose for ourselves to
continue. In such cases as Simon he should drink his ale
alone and dispose of the can personally. In either event
others may not wish to tolerate the smell of someone who
drinks or smokes and so the exceptions will only work in
- The first problem in achieving a
sustainable venture is the consideration of the immediate
company without whose support conflict, frustration and
anger will develop.
- To refresh: - Sustainability really
means not so much will the endeavour span a the desired
length of time given their is always some conflict in the
environment but what impact does the endeavour have on
the environment both microcosmically and macrocosmically.
I.e. do both the small and larger worlds that we live
with benefit from our work and therefore give
wholehearted support. If not then our action are not
charitable but . Charity is to give of oneself not to
redistribute onothers resources against their wishes.
Stealing from Peter to give to Paul is not sustainable to
Peter or Paul but may to the theif tempoarily susatin
their comfort. Again it must be an individual action that
decides on redistribution of another wealth. No inclusive
or sustainable trust can exist with such designs.
Roger Lovejoy sustainable July 23, 2004