A while ago I wrote about the poverty of the way we discuss economic growth here in New Zealand. I've just added the following extract from the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy to the post. Douglas Adams nails it in one:
The planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.