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Sustainable landscape development and value rigidity: the Pirsig‘s monkey trap

Landscape Online | Volume 40 | 2015 | Pages: 1-19| DOI:10.3097/LO.201540 | Published: März 16th, 2015


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Sustainable landscape development and value rigidity: the Pirsig‘s monkey trap

Giovanni Zurlini 1, Irene Petrosillo 1, András Bozsik 2, Jon Cloud 3, Roberta Aretano1, Noa Kekuewa Lincoln4

1 Landscape Ecology Laboratory, Dept. of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technology, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy

2 University of Debrecen, Department of Plant Protection, Debrecen, Hungary

3 Cloud Holding Inc., 342 Indian Road Cres Toronto, Canada

4 Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in the Environment and Resources, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA

New broader, adaptable and accommodating sets of themes have been proposed to help to identify, understand and solve sustainability problems. However, how this knowledge will foster decisions that lead to more desirable outcomes and analyses necessary to transition to sustainability remains a critical theoretical and empirical question for basic and applied research. We argue that we are still underestimating the tendency to lock into certain patterns that come at the cost of the ability to adjust to new situations. This rigidity limits the ability of persons, groups, and companies to respond to new problems, and can make it hard to learn new facts because we pre-select facts as important, or not, in line with our established values. Changing circumstances demand to reappraise values like in the case of Pirsig’s monkey and its rice. There is an urgent need to go beyond such local, static and short-term conceptions, where landscape sustainability has been incorrectly envisioned as a durable, stable condition that, once achieved, could persist for generations. We argue that to manage a global transition toward more environmentally efficient and, therefore, more sustainable land-use we have to reappraise societal values at the root of overregulation and rigidity.

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