On My Country and the World5

Written by Mikhail Gorbachev

Further, we are talking about a concept of progress that constantly encourages consumption on a larger scale, the unlimited expansion of the needs of society. Thus the measure of progress and the driving forces behind growth have been material consumption and unlimited consumerism. 

But the process of changing consciousness is a prolonged and difficult o­ne. And it is made more difficult by the fact that at the present stage of history humanity is required to make a transition from unthinking wastefulness to rational self-restraint and yet maintain the level of consumption necessary for the harmonious development of human beings.


Excerpts from pp.243-244
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