If you want to know what’s been flying under the MSM radar, check out Pepe Escobar’s wide-ranging perspective on Putin’s inspired Eurasian economic integration, now well underway.
While I applaud especially Putin’s savvy bet that economic integration is an effective non-military counter to the Pentagon bully’s Full Spectrum Dominance, his strategy makes me pause.
What I cannot help but see here is a thickening scrim of industry — robotic and human-made “stuff” — encircling the globe, further ensuring and cementing the separation between human nature and the larger Nature in which we are embedded and which gives us our very life. How does all this “growth” jive with “limits to growth”? Or is our planet expanding at the same rate as the stuff that we needlessly make, use and toss upon it?
I don’t get it. I honestly don’t get it, this disconnect between what we now know to be true, the long-term deleterious climatic effects of industrial and other human-caused pollution and extraction upon and within Mother Earth’s biosystem, and our species’ need to continue to “grow.” Is it just because we can’t imagine a viable economic alternative to capitalism? Or is it because we can’t imagine that growth can be anything other than material. I think the latter.
What would happen if we switched focus, and asked ourselves — each of us individually, then scaling up, each family, neighborhood, town, city, bioregion, etc. — how can I grow emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, rather than just materially.
Material growth is for children, whose bodies are undeniably, becoming larger over time.
Mental, emotional and spiritual growth is for those humans and those societies who wish to continue to evolve.