Economics

Economics of delusion

An ethnographer, writer, photographer, filmmaker, and native of British Columbia, Wade Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University.

The following is taken from a short video available on the Knowledge network website.

If a Martian anthropologist came to earth, it would see many wondrous things and, if the measure of success was technological wizardry, we’d be impressive. But if they look at our social structure, they’d ask a few obvious questions.

You revere marriage but half your marriages end in divorce. You say you love your grandparents but only 6% of North American homes have grandparents and grandchildren beneath the same roof.

You say you love your families, but you celebrate this weird slogan 24/7, implying total dedication to the workplace.

You do many wonderful things but amongst them is to put 200, 300 million tons of toxins into your rivers every year.

I know you think you’re happy, but you consume 2/3 of the world’s antipsychotic drugs.

You have an economic system that’s based on perpetual growth on a finite planet, which surely, logically is the economics of delusion.

Not to denigrate this modern paradigm but simply to suggest humbly that it’s not the paragon of the ultimate of humanity’s potential.

Not to denigrate this modern paradigm but simply to suggest humbly that it’s not the paragon of the ultimate of humanity’s potential.

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