1. This overview based on Lopez Cordovez (1993).
2. I am
indebted to Dr. Filemón Torres for his inputs.
3. For instance, "development"
is often described as a permanent increase (usually of GNP); expressions such as
"target," "optimal path," or "trajectory" resonate with ballistic analogies. The
word "sustainability" suggests reaching a state of constancy, preserving an
existing situation. Therefore the phrase "sustainable development" intuitively
sounds contradictory. The argument here is not that sustainable development is
inherently contradictory (I believe it is not) but that the wording and
conceptualization we use are not well suited to the new concepts being