or ideas. I actually spent quite a few years of my professional life
helping refine a model of the coping process.
Models can help us organize and understand things better.
I recently came across a model that, for me, clearly illustrated the
problem we have gotten into as a species living on this wonderful
planet. We've all seen 3 ring overlapping circles - the 3 ring signs.
Oft times they are used to show how things overlap or share
certain characteristics. Well, imagine 3 circles labeled environment,
economy and health. In the center of the 3 is the smallest area where
the circles intersect. That area depicts sustainability for the economy,
for the environment, and for the health of our species.
Looking at things this way helps us see how often
what might be good for the economy (making the 2.5 million
plastic bottles we in the US use per hour) might actually not be good
for the environment, or for our health and well being. It also
shows how what might be good for the environment(conserving
finite resources) might not be good for the economy. We can also
see that what is good for the economy and/or environment might not
enhance our sense of well being or our lifestyles (living in bigger houses
or not having a waterview)
The sustainability of our oceans. our planet, and our health
depends on that small area of intersect. In a simple way it's
like the intersect of the wind, tide, and swell that we rely on for
those epic sessions