Tag Archives: Spiritual Environment

TOWARDS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONCEPT “MAN AND HIS ENVIRONMENT” THROUGH AN “INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENT” APPROACH (Published)

“Man and His Environment,” is a topical issue in all discussions on the environment, which itself has been recognized as an important issue in sustainable development. A companion paper to this one on the title “Religion, Man and His Environment” (Fatubarin and Alokan, 2013), discussed the interactions of man with the natural environment. However, in order to have a near comprehensive account of the concept of man in his environment, all the environments, natural, socio-economic, political/governmental, built and spiritual, are considered as components of an integrated environment, in this paper. The paper discuses the diverse environments, their interactions among themselves and the adverse interactions of man in the environments. The paper concludes by noting that the issue of “Man and His Environment,” is too all-embracing, to be given either a physical or socio-economic interpretation alone. It has to be approached comprehensively, as done in this paper, to have a deeper understanding of the concept.

Keywords: Built Environment, Interactions, Man, Natural Environment, Political/Governmental Environment, Socio-Economic Environment, Spiritual Environment

UNDERSTANDING THE VALUES OF LIFE AND USING THEM FOR ATTAINING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN LIFE (Published)

Values and virtues are defined and their relationship explained. Because most values are products of several generations of humankind and experiences, that have stood test of time for their worth, they are often referred to as time-honoured values. There are the core values for individuals, families, societies, communities and nations, which are of extreme importance and must be assured in individuals and groups mentioned above for good success of life and sustainable development. These core values include these derived from spiritual values, which make other values possible and as such, have constituted “a must have,” for individuals, families, communities and nations. This group of core values, represented with the egg yellow in the figures, are described in this paper, as universal values. Besides them, are other equally important values that are in themselves a “must have” to attain outstanding success. These values are represented by the egg white in the figures. They together with the inner core values, make up the core values. Other important values are also listed for individuals, families, communities and nations. These are what are grouped as “other important values,” which are depicted with III in the figures. Values guarantee success in life. They add quality to life. They also add distinction and respect, not only for individuals, but also to families, societies, communities and nations. The universal values must be harvested from the spiritual environment, through kind thoughts, inspiring words and good deeds, which may have to include prayers, meditation in the word and service to God and others around us. With universal values assured, other values will follow suite, so also will success and recognition and all other good things of life needed for sustainable development by individuals, families, societies, communities and nations.

Keywords: FamilyValues, Individual Personality Values, National Values, Societal and Communal Values, Spiritual Environment, Spiritual Values, Sustainable Development, Values, Virtues

UNDERSTANDING THE SPIRITUAL ENVIRONMENT AND ACCESSING IT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN LIFE (Published)

The spiritual environment is presented as a factor that must be taken into reckoning, in attaining outstanding success in life. This is so not only for individual humankind, but also for communities and nations. It is the environment through which the spiritual being of humankind, interacts with other spiritual beings, such as the Supreme Being, His angels and satan and his cohorts. It is the environment in which the wicked among humankind, lay ambush for their victims, to carry out their evil deeds, which may adversely affect the destiny of such individuals, that of communities and nations. Accessing the spiritual environment properly, involves deployment of appropriate values and activities which are described as religious activities. It is through these humankind can also interact positively with the Supreme Being, who can frustrate the powers of the evil spirits operating in the spiritual environment

Keywords: Communities, Humankind., Individuals, Nations, Religions, Spiritual Environment, Supreme Being, Sustainable Development, Values

TOWARDS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONCEPT “MAN AND HIS ENVIRONMENT” THROUGH AN “INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENT” APPROACH (Review Completed - Accepted)

Man and His Environment,” is a topical issue in all discussions on the environment, which itself has been recognized as an important issue in sustainable development. A companion paper to this one on the title “Religion, Man and His Environment” (Fatubarin and Alokan, 2013), discussed the interactions of man with the natural environment. However, in order to have a near comprehensive account of the concept of man in his environment, all the environments, natural, socio-economic, political/governmental, built and spiritual, are considered as components of an integrated environment, in this paper. The paper discuses the diverse environments, their interactions among themselves and the adverse interactions of man in the environments. The paper concludes by noting that the issue of “Man and His Environment,” is too all-embracing, to be given either a physical or socio-economic interpretation alone. It has to be approached comprehensively, as done in this paper, to have a deeper understanding of the concept

Keywords: Built Environment, Interactions, Man, Natural Environment, Political/Governmental Environment, Socio-Economic Environment, Spiritual Environment

MANAGING NIGERIA’S MULTIFARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL LANDSCAPE IN THE 21ST CENTURY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, THROUGH A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH (Published)

The recent widely-publicized renewed commitment of the Federal Government of Nigeria, to increased funding of university education in Nigeria, is a milestone in the history of educational management in Nigeria. The development coinciding as it were, with the 100 years of the country’s amalgamation, provides a unique opportunity for all patriotic and committed academicians and other intellectuals in Nigeria, to renew their own commitment to partnering with the governments and people of Nigeria, to combat the challenges of the nation and take the nation to a higher level in the nation’s quest for sustainable development. This is to be done through an appropriate deployment of specialized knowledge – a vital tool crucial to attaining sustainable development in the 21st century – a knowledge-based century. The paper is advocating that appropriate knowledge be deployed through a multi-disciplinary approach, to first of all, tackle the multifarious challenges of the country. Following the attainment of this crucial goal, knowledge can then be further deployed as appropriate, to take the country to the next level, in our quest for sustainable development. In going about the assignments, on which a clarion call is being made to Nigerian academicians, the environmental option, is being advocated. This is because its multifarious nature, will be most ideal not only to capture appropriately, all the diverse challenges of the country, but also all sectors of development, whose sustainability is dear to all well-meaning Nigerians and all lovers of Nigeria alike. The benefits of adopting the environmental approach to sustainable development, as well as the possible strategies that could be adopted, are spelt out, so also are the roles for the supervising agency of government for the universities

Keywords: Built Environment, Natural Environment, Political/Governmental Environment, Socio-Economic Environment, Spiritual Environment, Sustainable Development

OUR ENVIRONMENT, THEIR ENVIRONMENTS AND THE SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR ENVIRONMENT (Review Completed - Accepted)

Environmentalists concentrate their efforts in seeing to it that sustainability is assured in the natural environment. The paper attempts to bring into the consciousness of environmentalist that a number of other environments exist that are in constant interactions with the natural environment and whose sustainability must also be assured in the overall interest of the sustainability of the natural environment. These other environments, are the man-made environments of socio-economic built and political/governmental environments. There is also the spiritual environment which humankind evolved with as a spiritual being.

Humankind must be in good standing in this spiritual environment to access the appropriate values that will enable them to assure sustainability in the natural and man-made environments. It is such values that will enable them to eschew all activities that border on corruption and violence, which are the bane of our environments.

This paper underscores the special importance of the natural environment, which is discussed as our environment – the environment of special interest to the environmentalists. It also highlights the importance of the man-made environments as their environments and the ways the activities in these man-made environments affect the natural environment. The paper discusses the efforts of human beings in managing the natural environment. It also highlights the challenges humankind is facing in this area. The paper is concluded with an admonition that humankind should endeavour to access the time-honoured values, without which no humankind can attain outstanding success, talk less of making community or nation attain sustainability of whatever type

 

Keywords: Built Environment, Natural Environment, Political/Governmental Environment, Socio-Economic Environment, Spiritual Environment

NIGERIA’S QUEST FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY: THE IMPERATIVE OF A MULTIFACETED APPROACH TO TACKLING THE NATION’S CHALLENGES (Review Completed - Accepted)

The occasion of Nigeria’s 100 years of existence as a nation, provides a useful opportunity to appraise the challenges of the country in not only the natural environment, but also in the man-made environments of socio-economic, built and political governmental environments, as well as the spiritual environment. This appraisal is done in this paper, which also offers suggestions on how to go about tackling the multifarious challenges, using the multidisciplinary approach that will involve specialist researchers, as well as accommodating contributions of knowledgeable people. The paper also examines how some of these challenges impact others, by giving rise to them or worsening them. Examples of such challenges include those of godliness, education, leadership, corruption, right values and appropriate attitudes. The paper concludes by recommending that the challenges of the nation must be given priority attention and fixed, as a first step before taking further steps towards moving the country forward, in our bid to attain sustainable development of the country

Keywords: Built Environment, Multifarious Challenges, Natural Environment, Nigerian Nation, Political/Governmental Environment, Socio-Economic Environment, Spiritual Environment

CAN MOST THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES EVER GUARANTEE THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE ENVIRONMENT (Review Completed - Accepted)

Five main types of environments are recognized. These are the natural environment, the socio-economic environment, the built environment, the political/governmental environment and the spiritual environment, which is an addition by the author to the list of environments. However, since these environments are in most cases affected by certain environmental challenges that are common to all of them and these environments are inter-dependent, with the happenings in one affecting the others, an “integrated environment” approach is adopted in this paper in discussing the environments, which are simply referred to as “the environment”, in most part of this paper.

The global environmental issues that are germane to sustainability of environment in which most of the third world countries are still lagging behind, are discussed. These issues are weighed against the back drop of the diverse sociological challenges facing these third world countries, many of which are not showing any sign of abatement within a foreseeable future. All these have led the author to the conclusion that most of these countries may remain in the doldrums for long, on the all-important issue of sustainability of the environment

 

Keywords: Built Environment, Climate Change, Loss of Biodiversity, Natural Environment, Natural Hazards and Sustainability, Political/Governmental Environment, Pollution, Socio-Economic Environment, Spiritual Environment

TOWARDS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONCEPT “MAN AND HIS ENVIRONMENT” THROUGH AN “INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENT” APPROACH (Review Completed - Accepted)

“Man and His Environment,” is a topical issue in all discussions on the environment, which itself has been recognized as an important issue in sustainable development. A companion paper to this one on the title “Religion, Man and His Environment” (Fatubarin and Alokan, 2013), discussed the interactions of man with the natural environment. However, in order to have a near comprehensive account of the concept of man in his environment, all the environments, natural, socio-economic, political/governmental, built and spiritual, are considered as components of an integrated environment, in this paper. The paper discuses the diverse environments, their interactions among themselves and the adverse interactions of man in the environments. The paper concludes by noting that the issue of “Man and His Environment,” is too all-embracing, to be given either a physical or socio-economic interpretation alone. It has to be approached comprehensively, as done in this paper, to have a deeper understanding of the concept

Keywords: Built Environment, Interactions, Man, Natural Environment, Political/Governmental Environment, Socio-Economic Environment, Spiritual Environment