Questions and Answers: What does Hardin mean by these terms:
1Q: What is the tragedy of the commons? Explain in detail what Hardin means by this phrase. 1A: A commons is a natural resource shared by many individuals. In this context, shared means that each individual does not have a claim to any part of the resource, but rather, to the use of a portion of it for his/her own benefit. The tragedy is that, in the absence of regulation, each individual will have a tendency to exploit the commons to his/her own advantage, typically without limit. Under this state of affairs, the commons are depleted and eventually ruined. 2Q: “no technical solution problem” 2A: What the author Hardin is trying to say is that there is no technical solution to achieving the same moral values as everyone else. It is the courage of the individual person to overcome fear. 3Q: “It is not mathematically possible to maximize for two (or more) variables at the same time” 3A: People beliefs in being happy vary from one person to the next, not every person’s enjoyment will be the same. We want the maximum good for each person, we cannot as an individual gauge how happy someone is, it’s all based on what they pursue. 4Q: “Freedom in a common brings ruin to all” 4A: As far as I understand the Hardin states when we as humans are allowed to gain more belongings instead of just adding one or two we want to more and more to the point where there is too much. For an example, the use of adding cattle farmers want to add more and more to produce more capitol for them.
5Q: “Fouling our own nest” 5A: Pollution has a lot to do with us Americans and why our commons are so polluted, we don’t take the time or think about how destructive we are. As the populations continue to grow so does the pollution with all the vehicles, trash, and other potential chemical hazards that pollute our planet. 6Q: “The morality of an act is a function of the state of the system at the time it is performed” 6A: The author Hardin is trying to say that at one time the action that was one wrong now is considered to be okay, everyone must be on the same page about laws and how they are enforced.
- Spring '15