The article summarizing the deep thinking of Howard T. Odum and Elisabeth C. Odum,The Prosperous Way Down, is a good place to start.
As the saying goes,
War is not the Answer
Ride a Bicycle
It is a literal and figurative shorthand for how a moral person constructs a metaphor for the future and transports the message to the children who learn by doing long before they understand why or what for. Joy is like pedaling; the more you do the further (sic.) it takes you.