ERIC Number: ED115529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Value Systems in Shaping the Human Environment.
Hemmer, William B.
The paper purports the need to restore the human environment by changing the present consumer-oriented value system toward a value system encompassing a global approach. Since human actions stem from cultural attitudes and values, before the human environment can be improved there must be basic change in the underlying cultural causes of the unsatisfactory conditions. Some of these cultural values include both Eastern and Western attitudes about family size, the concept of individual independence rather than interdependence, and the widespread faith that science and technology could find solutions to the problems of our deteriorating environment. There must be some fundamental changes in our way of living and in our values and beliefs in order to restore the human environment to a healthy and balanced condition. Our value system tends to equate social acceptance and status with the possession of goods. Many observers feel societies must provide other ways for people to gain status. The logical method for changing present cultural values is through our existing religious and educational institutions. The objectives of both should be developing within each person a sense of being a part of a world ecosystem. Since political parties reflect rather than lead public opinion, basic change must come from public understanding and acceptance of new rules and values necessary for the survival of the world. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Atlanta, Georgia, November 26-29, 1975)