The cult of ‘more’
The deadly pattern is extractivism: the policy of mining something — everything — even to the point of killing it.
To those narrowly focused on the short-term and blissfully unaware of our systemic reality, extractivism makes complete sense.
Day to day, it plays out as individualism — the individual presenter, agent, CEO, company, nation, whatever. When you see yourself as separate from larger systems, the logic of extractivism works. Because it works for you.
Until of course, it doesn’t.
And it doesn’t work. Not in the long-run. Because in reality, there are no individuals. Everything’s connected. We’re all embedded in larger systems upon which we absolutely depend. And in the living world the unit of survival is not the individual but the individual-in-its-environment.
Ultimately, every other strategy fails.
That’s what Darwin’s theory of evolution teaches us. It doesn’t matter that our current form of economics says otherwise. It doesn’t matter that we live inside the cult of ‘more is better’.
Nature works the way nature works, regardless.