Demand driven economy is great! (EN)

I love it. Gives me everything I need. Fast and cheap. My only concern is that the prices of food, energies etc. have recently gone up. It seems that we have the Covid situation fairly under control and know what to do. There is a lot of well payed work (since the governments pumped all that money into economies) – the little down-side is that it made prices go up. We are trying to create sustainable and clean energy. We have a gazillion sustainability / green societies helping the forests, oceans, animals,… you name it. Surfing through Instagram, Facebook and alike, it seems that everybody lives in a paradise. So what is not to like?

Oh wait. It seems that using more, does not solve the problem. How come we got to the point that we manage to live less sustainably than ever before? Honestly I guess there is not a single answer to that. But “Money talks, bull$h*t walks“, still seems to be the case. What changed, that we are a lot more elegant about speaking about it, more diplomatic, better marketing and better consumers as well.

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On the other hand, some people would argue that the world – in terms of people – did not really change that much. There always were people forecasting the end of the world, there was always whining about the state of affairs, so it is only natural that this trend continues and life will go on – business as usual. Nothing ever happened right? Well sure, my life hasn’t changed on everyday basis. I do have those “whining” memories… “When I was a kid, … blah blah blah.” You know – that kind of memories.

But beside that, one significant thing did change… Worldometer estimates roughly 1.6 billion people in 1900 that grew to 6.1 billion in 2000 and to 7.8 billion people in 2020. That is a lot of people to feed and we want to feed them fish and meat – as we grew accustomed to this cheap agriculture subsidied dirty pleasure – meat and dairy everyday. Based on common sense and simple math I  don’t see getting out of this trap fast, unless we do something significantly different. Naturally we tend to cling to the status quo and nobody wants to give up their comfort.

So the history’s first is that we are depending on technology that does not exist – hoping that we will come up with a quick solution (e.g. better batteries, mining asteroids, etc.). I am extremely interested, how we will come through on this. Aren’t you?