03 October 2011

Grow -- Or Die; Get Busy Livin' or Get Busy Dyin'

Grow or Die as Applied to a National Economy

Under current leadership, Europe and America are busy dyin'. Dynamic innovative attitudes and thinking have given way to a stagnant, steady state, dieoff.orgy bureaucratic liquidation of western civilisation. We are being crowded by our overlords into a tight, descending chute, forced down into an abattoir of stasis where civilisations go to die.
Grow or Die Applies to the Living and Business Worlds Also

"Grow or die," is a natural imperative. " ...all living systems are either growing or dying, there is no sustainable stasis...There is accretive, replicative and transformational growth." (Source) We can choose how we are to grow, but we cannot choose not to grow. Not if we want our civilisations and our bloodlines to survive.

Respected science fiction author Neal Stephenson laments the loss of innovativeness in modern American society:
This summer, at the age of 51—not even old—I watched on a flatscreen as the last Space Shuttle lifted off the pad. I have followed the dwindling of the space program with sadness, even bitterness. Where’s my donut-shaped space station? Where’s my ticket to Mars? Until recently, though, I have kept my feelings to myself. Space exploration has always had its detractors. _WorldPolicy

An Unusual Situation from The Farsight Group on Vimeo.

Matt Ridley laments the fact that even today's innovative optimists appear to be contaminated with an overlay of "culture noir," a subconscious acceptance of too much of the modern gospel of stasis. Small wonder that our shrinking number of modern innovators sometimes appear schizoid about progress, when they are so beseiged by the culture of defeat that surrounds them in academia and society.

Obama did not set American culture down this greased rail of pessimism and malaise, but he has accelerated the rate of despair and futility. In Obama's America, there is very little reason to push for growth, when the bureaucratic culture of stasis is standing by to penalise any such efforts. Electing such a person once can be written off to frustrated desperation. Re-electing such a person is a certain sign of the impending death of the society as a going concern.

We are living on a finite Earth, which is floating in an infinite universe. The Earth is our cradle, the universe is our rightful home. Until humans shake off the infantile desire to remain in a comfortable sustainable cradle until it becomes a sustainable grave, stasis will have the upper hand.

But that mainly applies to the part of human civilisation that remains under the guidance of the mainstream, bureaucratic governments of steady state stasis. For those who choose to step outside the mainstream and make their own plans for the future, more positive choices can be made.

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Blogger neil craig said...

If Obama was really interested in a stimulus that would stimulate rather than merely pay Kaiser (owner of 35% ofSolyndra) and other crony capitalist friends he would have put the money into an X-Prize Foundation. Wouldn't have beeded a trillion, not $100 bn, $20 bn would have done to get an economy growing fast on the back of space industry.

Tuesday, 04 October, 2011  
Blogger al fin said...

Yes, I think you're right about that, Neil.

But the state of the economy was never the top priority with Obama.

Even if he loses the election because of his incompetence, he is likely to become ever wealthier and more powerful over the next few decades. But without the stress of having to duck out of his White House responsibilities to play golf all the time.

Once out of electoral politics, he won't have to spend time around Michelle anymore, either.

Tuesday, 04 October, 2011  
Blogger Whirlwind22 said...

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Tuesday, 04 October, 2011  
Blogger Whirlwind22 said...

Do you see any possibility that things will turn around?
But then again this is what people like Mike Ruppert, Heinberg and others like them want. An end to what they call "infinite growth" along with billions dead so we will become one with nature.

Tuesday, 04 October, 2011  
Blogger al fin said...

W22: Yes.

Never trust anyone who makes a living by keeping people in fear. Their motives should always be suspect.

Tuesday, 04 October, 2011  
Blogger neil craig said...

So long as we do not have a single world government it is statistically certain that there will be some countries trying to grow their economies and mathematically certain that they will grow to displace in influence those that insist on embracing Luddism.

That is visibly happening between the western and asiatic nations. Of course nations can learn or relearn from the more effective (that after all is how the Asian nations did it) and join the winners.

Wednesday, 05 October, 2011  

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