When I think about what seems to predominate as themes in our modern culture I get a feeling that man's concept of progress nowadays hangs upon things like making media, conducting business affairs, industrializing, drawing money in; creating bigger TVs, better music players, etc I feel I probably magnify in my mind what disturbs me a bit, so I try to account for that warp. But nevertheless, I still see these things, even if in truth they are smaller than what my mind makes out. These things are not just minor ideas of "progress" only on the side, that can simply go away if they hurt a nobler and wider progress in civilization, safety, equality, health, general wellbeing; these things almost now seem to dominate our "feeling" of progress--they are what people push into the center, and once they are in the center, whether they are well or ill, we must living among them/ It is like they become mechanically fixed into culture and living. Unless "more" and "quicker" and "bigger" "more complex" are the shape then it seems there is no "feeling" of progress whatsoever. And once we are past a "layer" or "period" of history or civilization, we must remain in the "mode" of that stratum. It should no longer be "progress" if we decided to become again as people were on former "layers" of history that we've "progressed" from. Men used to speak or think or do like that; that was also when they did this negative thing or this; some higher positive may be brought down because of some lower negative. It is treated as if man may not, or should not try, now try to be like ancestors of the ancient past but we should completly put our "mind" in modern "scheme" of things. In culture's eye we should never try follow after former ways, because everything was lower and baser. If we follow after the fashions of old, we shall go back to the negative things that came with that fashion when it was "on the stage". That is what seems to be the idea of progress today. We are now at this stage; all former stages are past and progressed by; the only place to go to is now more of the kind of life we have on this new make and model of civilization--needing our feeling of progress in "more" "quicker" "bigger" "more complex" etc. But how deep is the cultivation of progress, in the more accumulation of everything? Is there any chance--at this point-"less" "slower" "smaller" "less complex" may actually be a need for progress as well? Is there any chance that man needs to downsize his "structure" a bit? I think there needs to be a better middle point and balance; I just don't see that coming out in our allmodern age.
[This message has been edited by Errandghost (09-03-2004 08:45 PM).]