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In the actual society, all can´t be material consumption. We must replace the material consumption by spiritual consumption.

In the actual society, all can´t be material consumption. We must replace the material consumption by spiritual consumption. We are willing to pay a lot of money for a diner in a good restaurant or a good wine but... for a lecture or a poetry reading? Poetry is at the summit of human evolution. Would you pay 30 $ for someone recite you poetry? I do not know, maybe. I Could say that poetry as art, dance or anything else. The new economy has to be less and less material and more cultural and spiritual. At the end, Happiness is not in material things. You can have all the things of a mall and in a few days will not be happy, because when people have a void not filled with anything material. Is an spiritual void. I think that we can not continue to growing as it is doing now.

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  • Apr 13 2011: In the last 100 years world population has grown at an unsustainable rate. No one can grow infinitely in a planet of finite resources. We must find other ways of economic growth without relying 100% on material things.
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      Apr 13 2011: You contradict yourself.Economics is all about the sale of recourses intellectual, physical or otherwise.You can't grow an economy without something to sell.
      • Apr 13 2011: One of the problems of the current crisis is that banks have grown up without selling anything. Many large fortunes have been created by speculation. Money can not make money without doing nothing is right. Great fortunes have been created by speculating in commodities (such as the copper price will be in 5 years, or as has happened now with the housing bubble) Now, 20% of the population has 80% of wealth. What I am proposing this conversation is to find ways to distribute that wealth to avoid material things. There are people who have no resources but can provide other things to the society. I do not think you should grow exclusively through the consumption of material, but we should be creating other types of consumption. For example. Would Personally I pay for a good conversation. A conversation is Not material.Could a person in a rich country to pay money to a person from a poor country for a good conversation? It could be a way to spread the wealth.Could be a way to grow the economy of the poor? I do not know

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