May 16, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Everything grows, develops, evolves; even the Universe supposedly expands. We start of as a couple of cells, grow into a human being, learn, expand our boundaries, accumulate 'stuff', want more or better 'stuff'... can we ever reach a point where we can say enough is enough, I'm content, I don't need anymore (or maybe even less) ? Our politicians tell us that the economy has to have a growth rate; prices rise, payments rise, standards of living rise... but the number of humans on this earth rises too, so do temperatures, worldwide, the mountains of rubbish we produce become higher, the numbers of species we wipe off the face of our planet rise daily....
Is all of this a 'natural' development, inevitable ? Or can we do something about it ? Would it be possible to slow down the continuous growth, stop it even, or do we maybe need to accelerate it ? What do you think ? What are the pros and cons of progress, in any direction, in any field. Do progress and conservation exclude each other or can they co-exist ?
Looking forward to your opinions and a lively discussion.