And a disclaimer
January 16, 2018
An important note
The Nongrowth Society or The Superduper Fantastic Prospering Within Limits Place is a posture, a teenagers rebellion against the current economic norm of more and more. It is a response to that we as a society have a serious problem at hand. The problem is that our socioeconomic system is based on economic growth and has made it a goal to grow endlessly.
Certainly growth can have ecologically good connotations, like the growth of crop, but as anything physical growing exponentially in a finite space will eventually hit the limits so too will our socioeconomic system. Endless economic growth is therefore nothing that should be the foundation for a society and we should instead focus more on planting, growing and caring for imagination, freedom, kindness, equality, empathy, love and prosperity, all within our planetary limits.
The Nongrowth Society is an intent to orchestrate change, drawn upon brilliant ideas from the past and present and based on the belief that we humans by oneself and in togetherness at least can try. And we have to try because as Thatcher and Reagan said in the 80s about the now planet and people destroying economy: There Is No Alternative (TINA). Now There Is No Alternative To Try Something Different! (TINATTSD).
Let us build on the collective power of these creative and other creative minds that don’t mind that when the going gets tough the tough gets going!
This initiative is in no way an expert in complex systems but an interested learner; and we like to learn.
We embrace uncertainty in what we learn and do and we try to be humble about our ignorance and realize that putting our knowledge into practice might not be enough considering that even though the the ultimate fate of the universe is undecided Georgescu-Roegen points out
"our immediate environment, the solar system, tends toward a thermodynamic death, at least as far as life-bearing structures are concerned"
NICHOLAS GEORGESCU ROEGEN, ENERGY AND ECONOMIC MYTHS, p 352
But considering all, the least we can do is try!
_________________ “Will mankind listen to any program that implies a constriction of its addiction to exosomatic comfort. Perhaps, the destiny of man is to have a short, but fiery, exciting and extravagant life rather than a long, uneventful and vegetative existence. Let other species-the amoebas, for example-which have no spiritual ambitions inherit an earth still bathed in plenty of sunshine”