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  •  Yes, is sustainable growth possible? (1+ / 0-)
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    I will try to tackle that one in the next post.  On the one hand, you have the world of people who want to see growth, and on the other, you have the world of people who understand that growth, unconstrained, will destroy civilization.  It's basic ecology -- a successful species can destroy the basis of its survival.  On the other hand, we need to understand how manufacturing, or more generally, production, takes place, so that we can understand how to accomplish it sustainably.  I don't think it's easy, but I do think it's possible -- so both the people who say that in order to have a wealthy society we have to destroy the planet are wrong, and the people who say that in order to prevent the destruction of the planet we have to be what we would call poor are least, that's the hypothesis.

    •  How Is Wealth Defined? (0+ / 0-)

      If it is defined as having money and stuff, well we see already that this does not work ecologically or economically. And it also doesn't work psychologically, there are studies which have shown that, as the Beatles so aptly said: "money can't buy you love."

      The challenge is to orient to real happiness, maybe that's what our whole ecological/economical crises is here to teach us.

      "Without LOVE in the dream it will never come true..." -Hunter/Garcia

      by US Blues on Wed Jun 01, 2011 at 07:05:48 PM PDT

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