Finding a positive direction for the next transformation of civilization is a challenging but not an insuperable task. The change in direction we need can be summarized by looking at two kinds of growth to which a civilization and its people are dedicated. One way moves towards connection, communication, and consciousness.
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Extensive Growth Versus Intensive Growth
The paramount end of extensive growth can be encapsulated in three “C’s”: Conquest, colonization, and consumption.
Extensive growth moves along a horizontal planet on the surface of the planet: It conquers ever more territories, colonizes ever more people, and imposes the will of the dominant layers on ever more layers of the population. Extensive growth generates unsustainability: It drives the world toward chaos.
Intensive growth can be grasped under three other “C’s”: connection, communication, and consciousness.
Intensive growth centers on the development of individuals, and of the communities and ecologies in which they live. Intensive growth could produce sustainability: It could drive contemporary societies toward a new mode of functioning–a new civilization.