Le PIB

That gross national product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and it counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities. It counts Whitman’s rifle and Speck’s knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.

Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country…

(Robert F. Kennedy, durant une conférence à l'Université du Kansas en 1968.)

En d'autres termes, le PIB (ou GNP en anglais) ne signifie strictement rien et n'est que de la poudre aux yeux de la population.

Arrêtons de donner de l'importance à ce qui ne l'est pas. Le domaine de l'économie n'est pas l'incarnation de la vérité absolue et n'a pas un pouvoir infini sans considération des autres domaines de réflexions. Trop souvent, je me rends compte que nous sommes lavé du cerveau au niveau de la réflexion au-delà du premier degré.