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.
Adapted from The Chaos Point, by Ervin Laszlo (Hampton Roads, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by Ervin Laszlo. Reprinted by permission of Hampton Roads.
Adapted from The Chaos Point, by Ervin Laszlo (Hampton Roads, 2006).