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In every school they teach that we live in the age of progress. And this belief in progress is the official ideology in all so-called


civilized countries. The word "progress" is happily used by virtually everyone talking about anything on TV. It becomes a


synonym of the best, noble, important, extraordinary, worthwhile, something that should be striven for. Even a producer of


toothpaste convinces us that his product is "just a little bit ahead in progress". And I think this word is gradually losing its


meaning.


Well, the notion of progress includes the concept of a goal, or at least a direction. If the goal or direction is not specified, talking


about progress makes no sense. I don't recall anybody specifying the goal before talking about progress in something. It seems


like the goal is known to everybody and talking about the goal is a waste of time. It gets worse when somebody gives a speech


about something in general, for example, about civilization, humankind or future. In this case, one can talk about nothing for


hours on end, and the fellow citizens are happy because each of them defines the goal of the progress in his own way and sees


in the speech what he wishes to see.




If we define progress as acceleration in science and technology, the most progressive countries are those from the top 10


industrial list. If progress meant getting closer to God, the avant-garde would consists of countries like Iran. Some time ago, the


most progressive country on the Planet was Soviet Russia (at least they called themselves so) because they eliminated profit


oriented economy together with the opponents.


Similar considerations apply to the word "development". In areas where they have TV, it means development in technology etc.


and is measured by the level of production and consumption of rockets, cookies and pianos. In other areas it may mean

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