When faced with the task of organizing 25 values from most to least important, I thought it was going to be easy. Unfortunately, it is a lot harder than it seems. After taking time to think as well as plenty of reorganization, my top five values were: family, obligation, pleasure, innovation, and friendship. Putting certain values at the top were easy, such as family and friendship, but ordering others such as integrity, responsibility and passion, was much harder. I learned that many of the values blend together and some cannot exist without the other.
Before this exercise, I had a sense of what everyone’s morals are, but now I feel as if I have a better understanding of how different we all are. Seeing how some values were important to me but were lower on the list for others showed me that it is okay that everyone’s values differ from each other. I got along perfectly fine with these people before seeing their values and I do not see how this could change that. Just because you do not value something as much as someone else, doesn’t mean you do not value that certain characteristic at all. It is important to this fact and not judge people on what value they placed first and what value they placed last. There is a specific reason why their list is the way it is, and the same goes for my very own list.
During this class, there were several moments where I felt I had to problem solve as I was not as familiar with climate change and especially the science behind why the global climate was changing at such a rapid rate.
Although the science part of the course was difficult, the one assignment that I felt I needed to use my problem solving skills was the mock negotiations. Unlike many of my peers, I have never participated in situations such as a debate or a mock trial, so I had no idea how to approach taking someone else’s views on a topic and arguing them as my own. For the mock negotiation, I was representing Canada. Although I am Canadian, I have very different views than the government when it comes to climate change. I felt when I was doing my work, my views kept overpowering the views of the country and it began to be me arguing my views instead of those of the country I was representing.
Even though it was hard, I had to employ the problem solving skills learning throughout my lifetime to try and separate my personal views from this assignment. To do this, I had to further my research by watching videos of Canada at the real climate negotiations as well as looking into various articles and websites that specifically states what Canada was interested in achieving in these negotiations. Basically, I had to research more to get out of the mind frame of being Canadian and instead just being Canada.