Here is a beautiful quote on ‘growthism’ and how detrimental it is to our ability to think:
Growthism is anti-intellectual in the sense that it prevents us from thinking about what we actually want the economy - and our society - to achieve. GDP comes to stand in for thought itself.
Most people don’t think any more. They confuse consuming information with thinking and spreading gossip with debate. Our society is driven by the sick notion that infinite growth of the GDP is the core of our very existence. This has to end because eventually this will lead to all of our natural resources getting plundered by a few mega rich such as Bezos who might become the first person ever with a net worth of one trillion dollars. Sick is the only word that comes to mind when thinking about this.
What makes me angry is that the vast majority of people just don’t care about this. Or if they do, they say stupid things like: “But what can I do? I’m just a little guy who can’t change anything”. 8 billion ‘small little helpless creatures’ – that’s our problem, not the handful of sick Bezos.