Consequences


Would you have gone to one of these sustainability conferences if Professor Comas didn’t have a sign up sheet?  Probably not.

Would you have made a blog post about it if we weren’t asked to?  Probably not, either.

I was going to preface these two questions by saying, “I’m not trying to be cynical.”  BUT I AM.  Sorry, cynicism runs in my blood.  I hope that doesn’t make you think I’m an awful person.  Just hear me out for a bit.

Some people in this class probably would have gone to one of the sustainability conferences during the day even if it wasn’t asked of us by Professor Comas.  How many would that have been, though?  I’d guess 3.  Maybe 4.  I’m not trying to offend anyone, but let’s be honest here.  I know I wouldn’t have gone.

In regards to my second question, don’t kid yourself.  99% of our activity on The Bucknell Blog is because it’s part of our grade.  Remember when we ran out of time last class period, and Alex said to comment on his ‘Rehab’ Blog Council post any thoughts or questions we had?  Well, SHOCKER: there aren’t any comments on it.  Speaking of comments, how many of you have ever left more than 3 in a week?  Probably not many.

Now, if you’re still reading, I hope you’re laughing because that means I’m right on some of these things.  If you’re not laughing and anxiously waiting to leave one of your 3 comments (LOL) at the bottom saying how wrong I am, kudos to you: you’re awesome.  And I’m not being condescending; you really are.  You see, the point to my whole blog post here is people need consequences to get things done.  Sure, all of us have passions in which we are self-motivated: music, sports, reading, writing, HECK even blogging and doing homework for this class.  But for the other things in our life, we get motivation from the consequences of doing/not doing them.  For example: I am writing this blog post now because it will help me graduate, which will give me a degree from Bucknell, which will look good for me as I enter the professional world. 🙂

Our beautiful universidad.

Here’s the important part though: CONSEQUENCES AREN’T A BAD THING.  Not even close.  In fact, they’re a great thing.  They’ve forced me to write about the ethics pertaining to Enron and its collapse.  They’ve forced me to read what my classmates think about the climate of Bucknell.  They’ve opened my eyes to new and exciting material that I wouldn’t have otherwise learned about.  I can say the same thing about several other classes here at Bucknell, too.  Think back in your life to the consequences, either good or bad, that have made you who you are today.  Not just in school, but in all facets of your life.  When my basketball team lost to Lehigh in the Patriot League Championship last year, I told myself I wouldn’t feel that same heartache again this year.  When we won it this year, the joy and satisfaction motivated me to work and focus even harder that week leading up to our NCAA Tournament game.  After losing that game to Butler, the disappointment has motivated to get ready for the NBA Draft.

So how does this relate to the sustainability session that I attended?  That is the topic of the post, after all. 🙂  Well, I attended the 1pm session, and as some of you have included in your own posts, an older gentleman asked a very interesting question at the very end of it all.  Basically, he asked how students would take this new ‘sustainability’ knowledge and apply it in ‘the real world’, since many important companies have a long established way of doing things in a very hierarchical manner.  The question made me think.  And I realized that the answer lies in his very question: hierarchy.  Sustainability doesn’t come from freshly graduated college students entering a job at a Fortune 500 company and suddenly changing its culture.  That’s simply not realistic.  Instead, sustainability comes from consequences that these companies will face if they don’t meet certain requirements by the government.

You can call me a socialist, but if you really want results, that’s the only way to do it in my opinion.  If I offended you with anything I said above, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to.  I am also now realizing I may be in way over my head in terms of theoretical approaches to government involvement in the private sector and stuff like that, but hey, that’s a consequence I’m willing to take. 🙂 🙂 🙂

P.S. The Easter bunny doesn’t exist.  Enjoy your Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs.

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2 thoughts on “Consequences

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  2. 1. Damn you for tricking me into reading this by linking it in your other post, but nice blogging strategy.

    2. You’re right on with this idea of consequences as motivation, though I would also add extrinsic rewards to the equation (mainly grades, money, recognition, etc).

    3. This will probably be the only comment on here since we weren’t required to leave 3 comments on these sustainability posts.

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