We expect in future to be able to test contributions to what Kenneth Boulding termed a “spaceship economy” for sustainable development. In such a spaceship economy, according to Boulding, the aim is to minimise rather than maximise the consumption of energy and materials. This spaceship economy is concerned primarily with the care and maintenance of its stocks, so that every technological change which leads to less production and consumption is a definite gain. This would also mean that we would have to develop a new concept of progress in which human welfare is not based on the maximum possible consumption of goods, but rather on a healthy relationship for man and nature between the satisfaction of material and immaterial needs.
It would be a mistake to identify complexity with completeness and sophistication with wisdom. There are some serious shortcomings in the modern discussion.
(John Kenneth Galbraith, Development as a Process)
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