no that's reality
No, instead of the betterment of society being a by-product of growth, we should have profit being a by-product of the betterment of society.
we only consume resources because we're that advanced
You're just pulling bits and pieces out. I didn't say we shouldn't consume resources, I said we do it INEFFICIENTLY.
if we didn't consume things
Why do you think we shouldn't consume resources?
there are only so many resources in the world, so yes. we must compete and develop
What??? You think we have the right to consume other nations' resources at prices we
Are you really justifying us being the most obese society on the planet? Do we really need to compete for other's hydrocarbon resources so we can continue to transport ourselves about in an incredibly inefficient manner?
It's all around you, you just want to justify our overconsumption and greed. Look what it costs us to maintian the oil resources of the ME. We can't afford it. It would be more cost effective o develop our own resources and more efficient methods of using these resources. Then we could sell these methods for profit. That would be having profit as a by-product of the goal of the betterment of society.