So I was reading an article last night in National Geographic about stem cells which was immediately followed by an article on Zheng He the not-so-famous-but-should-be Chinese explorer in early 15th century.
I got to thinking that there really is no such thing as progress. We in the glorious 21st century tend to think we’re so much better of than everyone before us, but are we? We have the internet, and that makes it really easy to buy plane tickets and communicate with people (not to mention fight ignorance), but it also makes it easier for people to steal our identities, to organize “terrorist” attacks (NOTE: I put it in quotes because no matter who your talking about, someone’s terrorist is someone else’s hero, it applies to NO specific group), or to minimize human contact.
We have so much “technology,” but we also, unfortunately, have found a way to ameliorate human nature.
So is there such thing as progress? Are we moving foward in any way or we just exaggerating simulateously our ability to help and to hurt?