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Ravleen Gill
Sep 23, 2022
In #UnleashValues
A world that I want to live in is one that balances justice and reconciliation, with ecology in respect to environmental sustainability through a compassionate lens. Values that are associated with my vision for this future would be rooted in equity regarding the distributional, procedural, and recognitional pillars of justice for all parties involved; wildlife and humans alike. At the most basal levels of equity, indigenous communities deserve to have at the bare minimum a seat at the table to make their voices heard that have long been suppressed and neglected. Moreover, introducing the consultation of indigenous communities would only be a step in the right direction, contingent on the notion that their point of view is not only acknowledged but valued as well. This will require a cultural shift rooted in compassion and require the re-building of relationships that have been strained for so long. While I don’t think we will ever be able to truly rectify the the suffering inflicted onto indigenous communities, our actions even today pour salt into their wounds that doesn’t foster equity amongst all, especially on lands that weren’t ours to begin with. There is an inherent inequity in the distribution of ownership on a myriad of fronts in regards to ecology, so the fact that we are lacking on a procedural and recognition front shows the lack of respect on a humane level that still exists today. I believe that equity must be built on a foundation of trust, respect, and the willingness to learn and grow alongside these communities with compassion for each other and the planet that we occupy together. Interventions at the most basic level would include increased representation in positions that are heard by policy makers. This could be to increase the number of seats in the federal council to increase indigenous voices in politics. By having all parties voices at the table, including ingenious peoples, social activists, environmental specialists we have the capacity to foster policy that is well rounded on multiple different fronts. Not only can we approach change differently in the future, but it is also our responsibility to rectify wrongdoings of the past. For example, there was no consultation of the indigenous peoples when re-introducing sea otters into their communities. While the damage has been done, it is our responsibility to approach them and see what can be done now to ensure they are heard with any future decisions or how to rectify the consequences of these unfiltered actions. The ultimate goal being to save our planet and live in a state of harmony and equity amongst each other can be achieved by approaching communication through compassion and mobilizing initiatives together with equal valuation of all perspectives. #UnleashValues
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Ravleen Gill
Sep 22, 2022
In #UnleashValues
I think we all are guilty of falling into the trap of instant gratification, but our present society largely thrives on it. As such, breaking this pattern will be difficult, but from an individual and societal front, it is necessary to avoid dangerous repercussions in the future. In a society that glamorizes luxury, we often don’t see or even want to see the ramifications of our actions. I think the phrase ignorance is bliss, unfortunately, rings true for a lot of us. My hope for a better future is that people go out of their way to remove themselves from their social bubbles and seek discomfort. Welcoming a state of vulnerability is the only way that we can foster growth and change to hopefully move away from some of the instant gratifications of luxury placed at our fingertips. Socializing with different circles and people from different walks of life, ideologies, and backgrounds could help foster a sense of community back into a world that is so highly networked but fosters such little true human connection. It is so easy to fall into a cycle of instant gratification because it always ends up leaving you wanting more due to the lack of long-term satisfaction. For example, the reason that Tik Tok is largely as successful as it is today is due to its ability to cater specialized content to its consumer through short-form content that can be scrolled through for hours. We consume what we think we desire through popular trends that allow us to become puppets driving what is the next big thing that fills a new niche, resulting in more sources for instant gratification. The only thing that holds any semblance of meaning in this world is what we as humans give meaning to. Arguably, social constructs like diamonds are only as valuable or necessary as we deem them to be compared to other rocks. They are rooted in tradition signifying matrimony that in my opinion isn’t necessary. The chokehold that we allow materials and consumerism to hold over us as indicators of power, identity, status, and relationships can change if we slowly deviate from their symbolic nature that is spoon-fed to the masses. While I think it is natural for humans to indulge in the occasional want versus need depending on their values, nowadays the want has become prioritized as a need. I envision a positive future in which people allow themselves to be open to vulnerability, seek discomfort, and question their consumption of materialistic goods relative to their own values. If we as individuals can identify triggers that drive our desires for instant gratification, we could truly mobilize change in consumer culture. Not only is the potential to benefit our environment immense, but the social change, mental health awareness, and healing that it could bring to so many people is an irrefutable step towards healthy living that should not be ignored. #UnleashValues @cosphereproject
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