We've got to do something about one of our worst addictions: the addiction to growth. All of the candidates running for office are saying, "We must have a growing economy." If they want to keep it growing the way it has been growing, we absolutely must not have a growing economy. We must have a sound economy, a sustainable economy. They haven't come up with one single notion of how to move it in that direction. What are we going to do besides grow, grow, grow? In your own body, where the wildness within you puts in a control factor, you have a thymus. Civilization needs a thymus. It needs the word for "enough." But "enough" doesn't sound strong enough - Italian has the right word: "basta." We must say basta to the kind of growth we've been practicing.


David R. Brower