Unmet non-material needs

“People don’t need enormous cars; they need admiration and respect. They don’t need a constant stream of new clothes; they need to feel that others consider them to be attractive, and they need excitement and variety and beauty. People don’t need electronic entertainment; they need something interesting to occupy their minds and emotions. And so forth.

Trying to fill real but nonmaterial needs -for identity, community, self-esteem, challenge, love, joy- with material things is to set up an unquenchable appetite for false solutions to never-satisfied longings. A society that allows itself to admit and articulate its nonmaterial human needs, and to find nonmaterial ways to satisfy them, would require much lower material and energy throughputs and would provide much higher levels of human fulfillment.”

Donella H. Meadows, Jørgen Randers, Dennis L. Meadows. The Limits to Growth: The 30-year Update (2006), Chapter 7: Transitions to a sustainable system, Page 261.


ich hab dir
nichts versprochen
nur den Docht für die Lampe
und das Kännchen Öl
für gedämpftes Licht
auf dem Tisch
mit den Blutflecken

Den Teppich
kann ich nicht weben
mit den Fäden aus Draht

Sag nicht “Gute Nacht”
die Nacht ist nicht gut
die fremde vergeßliche Nacht


Rose Ausländer

11. Mai 1901 – 3. Januar 1988


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