Growth is good. That’s been the mantra of just about every society at every point in human history, at least until recently. More people means more to work the land and higher productivity. If it gets a bit out of hand, high growth can create a larger army to go knock off the neighbors and open things up even more.
The pattern held through the industrial era and right up to the point where large undeveloped nations started to have trouble feeding themselves. There were incidents of mass starvation in some empires, likely even the Mayan, but until the 20th Century growth has always been something that everyone relies on. Peaceful societies have put growth to work taking care of the vulnerable and generally enjoying the few years we all have on this Earth a bit more.
But what if growth slows down, or even stops? One of the defining features of the next generation is likely to be dealing with declining growth across the planet. It’s also one of those issues that no one is ready to talk about.