Unsustainable fire

Written by Wendell Berry

There is no plainer symptom of our insanity than our avowed intention to maintain by fire an unlimited economic growth. Fire destroys what it nourishes it and so in fact imposes severe limits o­n any growth associated with it. The true source annd 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 what Edward Abbey called "the ideology of the cancer cell": the idiotic ideology of "unlimited economic growth" that pushes blindly toward the limitation of massive catastrophe.

Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace", p.201.

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