The Unending Concept
Progress is defined as the process of moving forward but how can we move forward without change? Does this make the two interchangeable? Or is it just a different concept entirely that by coincidence, such as many things in this universe, happens to match another concept in certain situations. The best way to figure out the solution to this problem is to look at change and progress’s aspects individually and analyze them for what they are.
Progress is our internal drive to push for greatness and the never ending struggle to get better. Progress is a part of nature. A caterpillar lives its life spending each day devouring leaves bite by bite until one day it starts to create a cocoon. It then emerges from that chamber as something new. This new product is not a completely separate entity. We still recognize where this butterfly came from, yet we understand that it is not the same as before. And even though this creature is the same being it now has many improved features such as wings. It has become something better entirely yet it is still the same thing just transformed. This is the essence of progress.
Change is not just moving forward. Change is only the process of moving. When we take a step backwards, forwards, or sideways we are changing. Each tactical selection on the battlefield of life, no matter how, trivial or bad is change. If we die, this is change. If we grow old and our hair turns gray like the light of the ever going moon and our skin starts to wrinkle up, it is still change. We cannot stop change, we cannot undo it, nor can we only hold on to ourselves on this rollercoaster called life and hope that the carney who put this ride together woke up with his head in the right place on the day it was built. If he didn’t, we go through hardships, we suffer, and we become something different. We always keep changing. Even though this fact is understood by most people, a vast majority...