I am always bemused about the way we frame everything, often unconsciously, around the notion of ‘progress’.
The concept of progress has been part of our lives ever since the Age of Reason burst upon the western world and we started down the path of that led from rationality to industry to nuclear weapons and climate change. Progress.
Not every society has that view – but western society does. We see ‘progress’ in a lot of things. It’s how the world, supposedly, works.
Things ‘progress’ from primitive to sophisticated; it is often used to explain or justify human constructs – ‘you can’t stop progress’, usually uttered as a wrecking ball slams through the last piece of rain-forest.
The implicit meaning is ‘directional change for the better through time’. It suffuses the way we think, and is so much an automatic assumption that often we don’t think about it.
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