And how in the first place, did we (particularly we subscribers of Judeo-Christian principles — with our biblical understanding of usury and jubilee), come to a place where we see nothing wrong with billions of dollars of value having no mooring in time and labour, or in an actual product?
Here I welcome the echo of an Old Testament prophet in a Wendell Berry poem: “When I hear the stock market has fallen, I say, ‘Long live gravity, Long live stupidity, error and greed in the palaces of fantasy capitalism!’”
Staking our well-being, our soul’s contentment, on the chimera of an ever-rising economy, we will be left to the wilderness. But wilderness may now be necessary.
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