Particularly Difficult to Question “Progress”
Further resistance to rethinking “economic growth” will arise because it is one of the last remaining remnants of our belief in “progress” (which is, itself an Enlightenment faith that does much to give our lives meaning).
As we will see soon, such faith in progress is still perhaps our dominant meta-narrative.
People rarely forsake meta-narratives lightly and are much more likely to accept challenges to a meta-narrative when another is waiting to replace it. Such is not the case with economic growth and progress. If we lose them, or if our analysis causes them to become something other than what they are now, our lives will have lost both an anchor and a beacon. Hence, our need to redefine “wealth” in a way that gives us a goal towards which to strive.