European Commission researchers Paola Annoni and Manuela Scioni quote our article: Growth for The Sake Of Growth Is The Ideology Of A Cancer Cell we wrote four years ago, as they challenge the European Union regional Social Progress Index—EU-SPI—published by the European Commission.
The higher-order point is, of course, that you cannot capture or manage the plurality of human expansion with a single set of metrics. Especially not, since the performance of humanity is based on the strength of renewal rather than on the length of purported sustainability. Humanity, by virtue of nature’s first-principles, evolves on the basis of the relativity of renewal, and thus, human performance cannot be plotted or compared on a linear scale of absolutism.
The gross misapprehension of human excellence by governance suggested by an increase in social performance, both in Europe and the USA, held hostage by systems of absolutism, falling at least one dimension short of the relativity Einstein discovered one hundred years ago, is the reason why policy economists are called in to apply the magic of invisible hands to white-wash the shortcomings of economic make-believe.
The European Commission falls at least one dimension short of understanding the plurality of human performance, as hinted by their own researchers. The theory that governance conjures up, in the words of Albert Einstein, determines what humanity can discover. And when governance fails to establish the appropriate theory, humanity cannot discover what it must in order to adapt to nature’s entropy.