"Growth ist absolutely necessary for the well-being of people"
On the short run, economic growth creates more goods. But people do not necesssarily feel happier. Happiness is relative. It is felt in comparison to what our immediate neighbour enjoy.
We now have fears about the future such as climate change and destruction of a number of basic resources. We even worry about our own survival. So we could be well advised to start living more frugally so that resources can remain for the future.
The generally used measure of economic success is the Gross Domestic Product or GDP. This is what the once Presidential candidate for the USA, Robert F. Kennedy, said about the GDP:
"The Gross National Product includes air pollution and advertising for cigarettes, and ambulance to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors, and jails for the people who break them. GNP includes the destruction of the redwoods and the death of Lake Superior. It grows with the production of napalm and missiles and nuclear warheads... And if GNP includes all this, there is much that it does not comprehend. It does not allow for the health of our families, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It is indifferent to the decency of our factories and the safety of our streets alike. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, or the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials... GNP measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile; and it can tell us everything about America - except whether we are proud to be Americans."
Growth and expansion is always detrimental to the environment and our future: Growth Quotes.