. . . we have used up, scattered, or otherwise lost to the future
more natural resources than all previous history.
Two devastating world
wars contributed notably to this loss, but their total cost is
but a small part of the Gross National Product for the past half
century -- probably less than ten percent and nearer five. Much
of the rest of the loss is chargeable to peacetime convenience
and the enforced waste of today's planned obsolescence.
This sort of thing cannot
go on, although many of our practices indicate that we think