There are certain words that scare people, and so they’re ‘politically incorrect.’ For example, try running for office and telling people in western culture that there might be limits to how much they can have or expect to have…! You’d never be elected!
How might we actually change our ways?
I’m not great about budgeting when it comes to money. (I do okay with other things – like time, for example.) And I think it’s fair to say that budgeting is generally viewed as a good thing – even a virtue – in our culture.
I think that we need to ‘budget’ our collective resources, world-wide. What of what we have now can we conserve, even ration, so that there is some that will still be here for future generations? Why is it a bad thing to preserve nature? Why is it bad to slow, perhaps even halt, economic growth (for the sake of the reality that the world’s resources are finite, even as we may think we can keep printing money and that we can turn everything into money)?
There’s a Cree proverb which addresses this: “Only when the last tree has died, the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught, will we realize that we cannot eat money.”
In Canada, we’re now gearing up for a federal election – it’s official. How can we question candidates so that they consider future peoples beyond their term in office? (…which, with this being the fourth general election in seven years, isn’t very long these days!)