I think it is false for us to assume that all the values of life can be measured in dollars and cents, or in economists' graphs. There are other things in life that are more important, that are equally important. The material side of life is only a prerequisite to enjoying life. 1 will quote again from page 70 of Mr. Schumacher's book as follows:
The conventional wisdom of what is now taught as economics by-passes the poor, the very people for whom development is really needed. The economics of giantism and automation is a left-over of nineteenth century conditions and nineteenth century thinking and it is totally incapable of solving any of the real problems of today. An entirely new system of thought is needed, a system based on attention to people, not primarily attention to goods-the goods will look after themselves! It could be summed up in the phrase, "production by the
masses, rather than mass production". What was impossible, however, in the nineteenth century, is possible now. And what was in fact-if not necessarily at least understandably-neglected in the nineteenth century in unbelievably urgent now. That is, the conscious utilization of our enormous technological and scentific potential for the fight against misery and human degradation-a fight in intimate contact with actual people, with individuals, families, small groups, rather than states and other anonymous abstractions. And this presupposes a political and organizational structure that can provide this intimacy.
I feel, Mr. Speaker, that one of the greatest mistakes economists ever made is that they treated agriculture and our soil as just another economic value. It is more than that. Agriculture is more than an industry. Any nation that over urbanizes and neglects its soil, and has a large percentage of its people unconscious of the fact that they are part of the web of life, is in for trouble.
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