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Annabelle Macneal

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Is "run- away" growth ultimately bad for humanity?

In our modern world, growth is espoused as something good, as something to endeavor for a better quality of life. But how much growth can we sustain, how much growth can the planet sustain? Can we look at growth in different way, approach it from a different perspective. If so, how and what are the implications?

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  • Jan 4 2013: If growth is found to contribute to the destruction, degradation or pollution of our environments and contributes to a more rapid use and elimination of the resources we and all forms of life need, not only for survival but for some kind of inclusive and comfortable life, then yes it is bad for humanity.
    But notice, I also include all forms of life, not just the life of the most destructive animal in existence.

    So, if you can't blame growth in general, then blame it specifically.
    Blame what is causing, contributing, helping or proliferating the destruction that is no good, not wanted, needed or beneficial. Why not?


    Don't just arbitrarily say you can't blame growth. That's foolish. There are 7 billion of us on the planet.

    Rapid, continued growth will not benefit humanity. That seems very clear, unless one chooses to lie to themselves and blindly look away.

    Growth is a cause but perhaps more importantly is the management of growth and the control of growth.
    All three are currently in the wrong hands.

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