The true source…

The true source and analogue of our economic life is the economy of plants, which never exceeds natural limits, never grows beyond the power of its place to support it, produces no waste, and enriches and preserves itself by death and decay. WE MUST LEARN TO GROW LIKE A TREE, NOT LIKE A FIRE. We must repudiate … “the ideology of the cancer cell”: the idiotic ideology of “unlimited economic growth” that pushes blindly toward the limitation of massive catastrophe.

– Wendell Berry, Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community [Emphasis added]

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