What is progress ?

There is something about progress which has been bugging me.As somebody has said progress is always with reference to a benchmark in the past .In the 18 th century we had no cell phones Today we have cell phones -can we say this is progress .Apparently we may qualify progress here to denote growth in a particular aspect of human activity. But here again if define progress as a positive growth in a particular sphere of human activity,then progress here refers to the improvement in the quality of human communication as a result of the invention of the cell phones. Now that is controversial -because we are assuming that we are able to communicate better now with cell phones than without them . It does not mean that the quality of communication in the 18th century was much inferior to what it is now. The mind boggles and at the end we reach nowhere.


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