Constructing Destruction

In the world today, specifically in the United States we as a population are always striving to have more and not in the most environmentally conscious way. We as a population are greedy, that is undeniable, some may say that it is in our human nature or our genetic makeup; that we need to be the best, have the best and have the most. Greed is then defined as the desire to have more than one’s equal share, to be more than associates of each other. Greed is ultimately the desire for domination. Nothing seems to satisfy this greed or hunger for objects, we as a whole are so focused on building a better world that we seem to overlook the destruction that is happening during this construction. I do not believe that greed is a part of human nature, we may have the tendency to act greedy but I feel as though classifying it as human nature is excusing our behavior and saying it is out of our hands. This issue of destroying our world is not out of our hands, not yet anyway.

At Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey greed and capitalism is at play. There is nothing wrong with growth, the issue lays in the means that we use to grow and the decision to expand even though it is completely unnecessary. Rowan University’s goal is to double enrollment by the year 2023, and to reach that goal is planning on spending over $300 million and eight years to construct several facilities, including new buildings for the Colleges of Business and Engineering, a housing village, a health sciences facility and an academic building to serve the entire university.

We need to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature and our natural resources, at the rate that we are going we might not make it to see some of the finished projects similar to Rowan’s that are happening around the world because we letting the power get to our heads and ignoring the warning signs that are in front of us. It is irresponsible of us as a whole to turn our heads to the destruction that we are building. There are approximately 14.2 million vacant homes and an estimated 19 million abandoned properties, so instead of tearing down our world, why can’t we just renovate what we do have.

 

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