Let me pull your mind out of the gutter of the voodoo religion of economics and back up out of the presumptive connections made here. Sustainable growth does not exist in a world with finite and thus limited resources. Hence, only the strength of renewal, from continually changing the equilibrium of what we need from nature, can contribute to the prolonging of evolutionary sustainability. Therefore, not growth but the strength of our renewal is a valuable metric of economic wherewithal.
“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of a cancer cell.” — Edward Abbey
The very reason why we must reinvent the operating-systems for humanity to measure human performance against the metrics nature imposes upon us, and thereby avoid evolutionary conflicts we are bound to lose. Quite a different directive than the consequential numeric measurements we parade around with a voodoo of economics, steeped in evolutionary irrelevance falling desperately short of pertinent causation.
GDP as a measure of human performance is merely a “rebel” without a cause. The improving strength of renewal is the only way to prolong sustainability. Such renewal putting new emphasis on the evolutionary integrity, paradox, and plurality of freedom needed to induce it.