So where did we go so wrong? With overflowing abundance covering the planet, how did we trap ourselves in an economic wasteland? We forgot or denied one simple principle of sustainable growth—to continue, life devours itself. Yikes! Who wants to face that. The fact is, there's no other choice.
The human picture of growth involves accumulating more and more land, houses, clothes, food, health, relationships, entertainment... Once we've grown these things, we want to keep them as they are without deterioration. We want all gain and no loss. This is the complete opposite of nature's economics.
To maintain itself and thrive, nature gives up everything it gains. Solar energy, vital water, breathable air, fertile soil, flourishing plant life and diverse animal communities are produced and renewed through nature's economic system of continuous birth, growth, decay, death and rebirth.
Whatever stimulus plan we follow, it will be short term if it doesn't involve the loss of the old and the birth of the new. Old markers like the stock market may not be the indicators of a new economy attuned to nature's ways. It may be acts of giving in the midst of seeming scarcity, friendship in the face of fear, and a sense of peace in the whirlpool of chaos. This isn't mystical fantasy. It's the practical economics that have sustained life on this planet for millions of years.