That seems to be the central question that will guide our latest Re-Nest Book Club pick, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben.
And it's a fascinating one, especially when considered alongside the research that McKibben has so carefully laid out for us. Does more equal better? Does our happiness increase proportionally along with our incomes and our stuff? According to McKibben, for those of us who already have plenty, it doesn't.
Why? Well, we think he'll be getting to that. And we're glad, because the whole argument is especially timely, given the current state of the U.S. economy.
And, how does our national obsession with economic growth affect the environment? He's getting to that one too.
What are your initial impressions of the book so far? We were intrigued by chapter one and, we admit, glossed through chapter two rather quickly because so much of the information we've already read in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and Omnivore's Dilemma.
Next week: Let's talk about Chapter 3 next Monday.
image via yog sothot; sxc.hu