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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Our Hierarchy of Values (Response #2)

Hey guys, back again with another response post. To me, it feels like I just wrote the last one, when it was actually a week or so ago. Anyway, long story short, time flies when you're in high school. Because we started watching MacBeth in class this week, there really hasn’t been any intriguing discussions in English. Don’t get me wrong, MacBeth is a very intriguing play, but I don’t feel like that should be the topic of my response post. Today, I was thinking that I should write about the Townson Theater Company, and now I have decided that I will. So let’s begin!

Where do I start? I guess I should start by saying that Towson put together a very good lesson, and that they made it fun and interesting. Overall, I liked it, and it gave us a break from a normal English class. Again, I’m not saying that English is boring, it’s just that once in awhile a break is much appreciated. Anyway, many thanks to Towson for that wonderful lesson. Now let’s actually talk about what happened in the lesson.

First off, they asked all of us a question, and then had us go to different sides of the room based on our answers. It started off pretty easy, chocolate VS vanilla, but then it got harder as we progressed. Pretty soon we had to deal with questions like parents VS boyfriend/girlfriend and that’s where it got hard. As the questions continued, we started having to make decisions based on what we value the most, and sometimes those decision cannot be made in five seconds. Some may take your whole life. There are no “yes” and “no” answers. Each choice we make in life is complicated because they are all interrelated to one another.

Part of what makes us human is that we, on a most primitive level, think for ourselves. We want all the money, We want all the food, etc. I’m not saying that is how we act all the time, but sometimes we make choices just for us. After that, then we start thinking about our family. Those who are close to us matter the most to us. That is why the parents VS boyfriend/girlfriend question is hard for most people, because they both mean a lot to you. We are sort of forming a social pyramid, with you at the bottom, and then your family and loved ones next. This sort of relates to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, because once survival is established, then you can move on and care for your family and loved ones. After thinking about our family and loved ones, we then think about what we value the most.

What I mean is that next on the pyramid of importance (I guess that’s the name for now) are outside organizations, and your friends. In order to clarify, let me give you an example. Scientist Jones is deeply involved in the scientific community. He cares for himself and for his family. Next up are organizations, or influences. Since Mr. Jones is a scientist, he deeply cares about the scientific community and his friends within the community. Basically what I am trying to say is that your job, friends and interests in general would be next. They are not your family, yet you are motivated to help them (or care for them) or donate to them because you value them. So, now we have 1: Yourself. 2: Family and Loved Ones. 3: General Interests and Friends. Let’s move on to 4.

The next and the last step is caring for the world, or Earth in general. After your general interests comes the interest and well being for the Earth, and all of its inhabitants. While humans may be the most populous creature on the Earth, concern for them should be dwarfed by that of the environment. In the end, humans need a healthy, balanced environment in order to live, so the environment should take precedence over humans. Anyway, after general interests comes the Earth, as we all live on it, and we all affect each other in many ways. Even though the world is not your family, you are motivated to help for the greater good of things, and the general well being for the whole planet.

So there is a sort of pattern and logic to this process. For the first level, you care for yourself because it is necessary to survive. For the second level, you care for your family and your loved ones because they matter the most to you. For the third level, you care for your general interests and your friends because you value them in life. For the fourth level, you care for the world because you know that it is for the greater good of things, and not just yourself. I know that this got off topic from the Towson discussion, but in the end, the choices you made were based on what you value the most, and now I have broken those values down into 4 categories. All different but yet they are all interrelated too. Go figure. Anyway, Towson put on a great lesson, which lead me to come up with this idea. So many thanks again to Towson, for expanding my horizon and making me think in a different way.

-Jack Goodenough

1 comment:

  1. This is excellent! May I share this in the Blog Post Hall of Fame?

    (Also: you're anticipating a lesson in January, when we read _A Raisin in the Sun_ and discuss Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Cool!)