In so far as humans seem perfectly incapable of making the connection between "growth" (in populations or consumption) and long-term, looming destruction of large parts of the biosphere, I have hypothesized that the urge to grow is an instinctual behavior of the human animal and thus unalterable. It follows that humans should behave in precisely the self-destructive ways we readily observe every day. This hypothesis also predicts that humans will be blind to other considerations which might be deemed important if they did not conflict with the instinctual urge to grow.
Both of these tragic consequences are on display in the discussion of a paper “Redistribution, Inequality, and Growth” which has been posted on the I.M.F.’s web site and authorized for distribution by Olivier Blanchard, the I.M.F.’s chief economist. The New Yorker's John Cassidy introduces the issue in Does Tackling Inequality Reduce Growth? No.