The famous sociologist Gérard Mermet published 3 days ago in Le Monde a very incisive article on our society and especially France.
The term "econology" as an alternative to the current mode of development (purely based on consumption and "growth") is mentioned. This is, to our knowledge, a first in a major newspaper like Le Monde.
Here is the introduction of the article:
"The financial bubble is exploding, poverty, hunger and inequality are gaining ground in the world, just as the world is aware that the planet is degraded, resources are limited and the survival of living species is more assured. Including ours. This unprecedented concomitance of difficulties, constraints and threats is a historic opportunity to transform the world and live better. France could, if she wanted to, be at the forefront of this fight. "
"It has never been a better time to reinvent the model of a consumer society that we have been living with for the past fifty years, and which is less and less satisfying to those who have benefited from it. There is indeed a rather weak correlation between the level of expenditure and that of contentment.
Consumption is like a search for consolation, a way to fill a growing existential void. With the key, a lot of frustration and a little guilt, increased by the ecological awareness. "
Read thearticle on Monde.fr