"The bigger we are, the more we fall from above"
One of the disadvantages of excessive and excessive growth.
"There is no point in running, you have to start at the right time"
Encourage patience while expressing a common truth in nature and society.
For each function, the systems should be designed on the smallest scale that fulfills the function while being feasible and energy efficient. For a society to be human, democratic and sustainable, it is the human scale and the capabilities of the individual that should be the main yardstick. This principle is relatively well understood since the groundbreaking work of E.F. Schumacher (author: 'Small is Beautiful'). Whenever we do something stand-alone - grow our food, fix a broken appliance, keep us healthy - we apply this principle very effectively. Whenever we buy from local small businesses or participate in local social or environmental initiatives, we also apply this principle. Despite the success of this intermediate technology, appropriate to the local needs of development projects, cheap energy has continued to artificially favor large-scale systems in recent decades. The end of low-cost energy will upset current economies of scale to favor small-scale systems. At the same time, the relative differences in economies of scale between different functions will persist.
On the other hand, the fact that the transport of materials, people (and other living things) may be a minor aspect in the design of a system is a recent idea of modernity. The comfort and power resulting from this increased mobility and technologies
information is a "Trojan horse" that destroys communities and accelerates energy demand. Mobility and speed in rich countries have become so dysfunctional that they have given birth to the Slow Food and Slow Cities movements through reaction. The revolution in communications and computing has given impetus to the idea that speed is a good thing, but here again we see the emergence of characteristic perverse effects, such as the deluge of spam that threatens messaging usability. electronic.
Many concrete examples offer a more balanced vision that counterbalances the natural attraction that fast processes and large-scale systems exert on us. For example, the rapid response of crops to soluble fertilizers is often short-lived. Manure, compost and natural minerals generally provide plants with more balanced and sustainable nutrients. And if you get good results with a little fertilizer, it does not guarantee better results by increasing the dose.
In forestry, fast growing trees often have a short life span. But other species, which apparently grow more slowly but are more useful, see their growth accelerate and even surpass fast-growing species after ten or twenty years. A small, regularly thinned and pruned plantation can generate more income than a large, maintenance-free plantation.
In animal nutrition, cattle pushed through concentrated feeds are often more prone to disease and live shorter lives than animals raised in more natural conditions. Overgrazing is one of the leading causes of land degradation, while smaller, well-managed herds are beneficial or even essential for sustainable agriculture.
In overcrowded cities, the apparent speed and comfort of the car impede mobility and destroy well-being, while the bike, which is much smaller, slower and more restrained, allows greater freedom of movement without pollution or noise. . In addition, bicycles can be more efficiently produced and assembled in local factories smaller than those that need to achieve the economies of scale needed by the automotive industry.