Oh I got you. You mean as a society. Yeah, you gotta produce all that stuff to consume.
You know the more I think about it the more I think QDS has got the root of the problem here. All the production and consumption, we see it as a cycle where each side fills the other but that isn't the case at all. The consumption requires the production but doesn't drive it. The production is from a limited pool of resources. There's only so much oil and iron and gold and other stuff in the world. And even with the renewable stuff there's only so much you can take at once without killing it. Think of trees, you can cut down a few trees from your forest every year and never ever run out of trees, but the first time you cut a bunch of trees you suddenly have none left all at once.
So all this consumption it does have a cost. And arguing that it creates jobs is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Yeah, of course it creates jobs and that's not a good thing. Who wants more jobs? I wish I didn't need one. And I wouldn't if I wasn't hooked on all the consumption. The messed up thing is that the majority of what the average person spends money on besides basic survival is just more stuff to help them get to work or keep a job. It's a vicious cycle. You have to work so you can get to work. It's madness I tells ya.
Once upon a time we lived in caves and hunted and gathered for what we had. I'm sure things were harder physically, but so were we. I'm not so convinced that the primitive life wasn't the better one. I don't know that I'd be able to live it as I am now. Actually I'm sure I'm too soft. But between the ancient ones and us, I'm not sure who should really envy whom. At least then the things that killed you were natural and not the product of mankind breaking nuclear bonds for the purposes of making war.
And I know not a one of those ancient cave dwellers was waking up at the break of dawn, scraping his face with a sharp knife and trudging off to do someone else's work for less than what it was worth. Back then you may not have much but you were in total control of your own destiny. If you are ambitious and gather more berries then you are the one who gets to eat them.
If you really want my opinion of the current state of the human race, I think the only real solution for the situation this particular species of ape has gotten itself into will be a comet or a pandemic. As evidence I give you the renaissance in Europe immediately following the plague as all the wealth and lands of the great houses that were now dead got split back up among the survivors.