(First written 10/20/06)
Today’s USA Today has on page 5A a full page ad, of which the top 2/3 is emblazoned with the words “Energy Security.” The explanatory text nags Congress to do more to increase energy supplies. At the bottom, the ad’s buyer is identified as the Alliance for Energy & Economic Growth.
Made me think about growth and the day’s accepted wisdom that economic growth is a continuous unending goodie neccessary to us all. Well think about that. What do we get when something constantly grows? First we get maturity, but after that it’s called cancer. Our economic system is way past maturity. Why do we always want more, more, more? Like Bill Clinton (who at least had the insight to recognize it and courage to confess it) we do things because we can. Humanity hasn’t got the hard lesson yet: do only those things that are necessary.