This-essay is a7906131.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %IDOLATROUS WORSHIP OF GROWTH STABILITY GOD+790613 %CONSUME POLLUTE RESOURCES EFFICIENT CONSERVE 790613 People who worship growth as a god can still be dedicated to conservation of resources and improved efficiency. Thus those who are dedicated to conservation of resources and improved efficiency may still be idolaters who worship growth as a god. It is not enough to be dedicated to conservation and improved efficiency. Such dedication may obscure idolatrous worship of growth as a god. Conservation and efficiency may be used as means to promote growth; they may be techniques to be used in the service of the god of growth. Conservationists and efficiency experts may be totally blind to the long term consequences of the kinds of growth that they serve and perpetuate. The fact that they are blind may be hidden from most people's view by their dedication to conservation and efficiency. This second kind of blockage of vision permits the first to continue uncorrected, and all may remain near sighted. The idolatry of growth will not cease until influential people become dedicated to working for appropriate forms of long-term stability, forms which are humane, just, creative, imaginative, loving, and joyful. Such forms of stability may not be evident or conceivable to those who worship growth. Even desirable forms of stability may appear evil to those who serve growth as a god. They are unlikely to be able to distinguish between desirable and undesirable forms of stability. Long term energy consumptive growth is not a stable process in the long term, no matter how stable a process it may be in the short term. Some forms of stability are unjust, undemocratic, inhumane, sinful and alienative. They are unstable in the long-term no matter how stable they may be in the short term. Only loving forms of stability are stable in the long term. Such forms need to be made evident as alternatives---for consideration by those who are dedicated to growth as a god. Only when desirable and viable options are evident are people likely to shift their dedication from lesser values to higher values. Ultimately, resource consumptive growth is not the highest value in the long term. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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