Just as gross national product (GNP) has been overused for policy orientation, so have the traditional dimensions of development.
When human beings decided to settle down as societies (i.e., to live together and use natural resources), the main conflict between the natural system and the societal system was established. How societies deal with that interaction will lead us to sustain or maintain the human species on planet Earth or to shape a different planet that cannot sustain human life anymore.
Development is the result of interactions with new properties or attributes emerging from its own processes. These attributes, not yet identified, relate and synthesize a broad and complex range of topics that concern society. Furthermore, these attributes should clearly describe the fundamental interactions between societal systems and natural systems.
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