Like it or not, we are all dependents of a complex economic system that requires most of us to pursue an ever-higher standard of living that will never quite satisfy us. It may sound depressing, but the alternative is no better.
The real alternative is not perfect equilibrium, therefore, but real, and in the end absolute, poverty. This practically none of us is willing to countenance; none of us wishes to return to a back-breaking subsistence. Our bargain is a Promethean one.
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