I argue that social and cultural concepts both permeate into the individual psyche while also having consequences for the natural world. This results because these three entities (the natural world, the realm of the collective life-world, and the individual psyche) are nodes which correspond on a nexus thereby creating reality or existence. Therefore, changes or alterations in any one correspondingly affect the system in its entirety. I intend to examine the concept of the individual/social world as it exists under the dominating episteme of our times in order to determine the consequences that it holds for us today. I use the development theory and concepts of Jean Piaget to frame this inquiry. I suggest that these three components formulate an interrelated, corresponding, and overlapping existence. They constitute the entirety of the phenomenological realm. Not only are these components of existence reciprocal, but there is a logical intention―performed and harmonized by all three―that I will call Animus. Finally I will touch on the psychological, social, and environmental consequences that are produced when this system becomes unbalanced.
|Keywords:||Social Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability, Social Theory, Psychological Development, Philosophy, Interdisciplinary|
Graduate Assistant, Master of Humanities, Master of Social Science Program, University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, USA