Yin and yang teaches us that any big expansion is followed by contraction, any great contraction is followed by expansion, just like our heart beat, our inbreathe and outbreathe, and the passing of winter and summer. It is blindingly obvious, even to a child, that the world cannot sustain more and more growth based on higher consumption of limited resources like water, energy, earth metals etc. How can the economic ‘experts’ still think this model can continue to work forever?
What we need to learn is to consume less, and to find a balance between what we take from nature, and what we give back, that is sustainable for millennia.
Are countries like the UK and other European countries, north America and maybe other countries not rich enough already? They are, yet there are also many people struggling to afford the basics of life because of such unequal distribution of wealth – what we need is redistribution of wealth not creating more wealth.
Personally, I think that with the global financial crash of 2007-08 and now the affects of coronavirus setting back economic growth again, we may be seeing humanity being forced to acknowledge that the world cannot take any more continuous growth – this period of history may be the end of this phenomenon, and we may be forced to find a globally sustainable way of living quite different from our present way of living.