Constant Growth: Abnormal?

If I understand what is being said by those who are supposed to know: we are in a recession because we are not growing economically.  I may be hopelessly naïve, but it seems to me that growth has to end somewhere.  If a human keeps growing, we will call him abnormal.  If a plant keeps growing, we take the pruners or clippers to it.  In other words, constant growth seems abnormal.  When is enough enough?  When do we quit being concerned about industrial and economic growth and start concentrating on consolidation?  When do we stop accumulating wealth and start feeding the hungry (we have an obscene amount of hunger in this country given our wealth) and clothing the naked…or, at least, help the victims become productive and less dependent?  I’m just saying…

And he said to them, “Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages” (Luke 3:14).

If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content (1 Timothy 6:8).

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have (Hebrews 13:5).

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4 responses to “Constant Growth: Abnormal?

  1. Spanish Inquisitor

    I’m no economist, but it seems to me that as long as the population of a country grows, the economy should also continue to grow, else we would find ourselves in a position where the per capita income starts going down. Once we’ve reached zero population growth, if ever, then the economy should flatten out.

    However, I could be wrong. That’s my layman’s $.02.

  2. dwhitsett

    Well, that is where my argument breaks down somewhat. How do we reach zero population growth? It seems to me that there has to be an end to that also and how much does one drive the other? Is either really sustainable given limited resources and, eventually space? And is that even the kind of growth we are talking about? Gosh, I don’t know…I’m a layman also. Anyway, thanks for the comment.

  3. Spanish Inquisitor

    Zero population growth would be defined as when the birth rate and the death rate reach equilibrium.

    Population decline will actually happen when we are creating less than 2 children per couple, on the average. As long as we keep having more than 2 children per couple, on average (some people have more, some people have less, or none) the population will increase. This is one reason why some predict that the world will be Muslim. They reproduce far more than civilized countries. One of the hallmarks of true civilization is the ability to control population growth.

    Many western civilizations have already reached a state of ZPG. While in actual numbers the population goes up, in about 50 years or so, the trend will reverse, because many countries birth to death ratio has dropped under 1. China for instance has more death than births, so while the population goes up, the rate of growth has gone down.

    As far as how it affects the economies, note that without oil, most Muslim countries would be incredibly impoverished. Countries like Sweden that has a birth/death ratio of 1 seem to be better off economically, per capita.

  4. slowsimpleconscious

    my thoughts entirely, why do we have to keep growing? surely at some point this negates the worth of the wealth created or becomes pointless. what is this capitalist machine feeding? if we really do, for some reason (probably ideological not actual) then i definitely agree we must start using the wealth created to feed the poor. it is obscene to live in such an unbalanced, unequal society.
    and they are great bible verses, just what i need at the moment. must go look at them in context and think about them. when god created man, he gave him food and a companion. this is the basics of what we need.

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