Sharing the Garden

I wake early in the morning, especially now there is so much light, and the evening light also stretches long. Early this morning our garden had a visitor:

He has been seen before, and clearly lives somewhere in the stretch of gardens that lie behind our houses. After a good look around underneath M’s birdfeeder, he leapt to the hedge and the wall. It is quite a jump but he had no bother landing gracefully at the top and then walked along before dropping to the other side and out of view. I was enjoying watching him too much to take photos or videos.

I was by then wide awake and found an interesting article had arrived in my inbox: What does Degrowth Mean?

No apology for offering an article on economics – many of you will already know about my interest in monetary reform. You may also know I favour “degrowth”, and autocorrect here changed this to Regrowth – oh my what does that say? Here are a couple of quotes with my emphasis – I am so delighted to see this being said and written about – if only it can come to the attention of our governments, as well as us ordinary people.

Surely we all know that the things that give us most pleasure and sense of well being are the everyday things that just happen to happen. We only need enough. Like time to watch a fox in the back garden.

a couple of quotes, my emphases:

Quote 1: Contrary to the general narrative about the Anthropocene, this crisis is not being caused by human beings as such, but by a particular economic system: a system that is predicated on perpetual expansion, disproportionately to the benefit of a small minority of rich people.

Quote 2: Recessions happen when growth-dependent economies stop growing: it is a disaster that ruins people’s lives and exacerbates injustices. Degrowth calls for a different kind of economy altogether: an economy that does not require growth in the first place, and which can deliver justice and well-being even while throughput declines.

Should you be more interested, the article also refers to an easy to read book, Jason Hickel’s “Less is More”. I think I would go mad if I didn’t have books and Zoom groups who show me I am not the only person who knows there is a far more sane way to run a world economy. And, we would all be happier, healthier, better off, and psychologically less pushed towards the greed and anxiety the present system engenders.


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