Myth of Progress

The demise of serious political discourse today consists not least in this, that politicians are still trying to whip up enthusiasm for their versions of this myth — it’s the only discourse they know, poor things — while the rest of us have moved on… That is why the relentlessly modernist and progressivist projects that the politicians feel obliged to offer us (“vote for us and things will get better!”) have to be dressed up with the relentlessly postmodernist techniques of spin and hype: in the absence of real hope, all that is left is feelings… What we appear to need, and therefore what people give us, is entertainment.  As a journalist said recently, our politicians demand to be treated like rock stars while our rock stars are pretending to be politicians.

— N. T. Wright, Surprised by Hope

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2 thoughts on “Myth of Progress”

  1. I completely agree and would like to add that it is up to each of us to find a calling that serves the nobility of our creation so we don’t have to turn to hollow, superficial sources for motivation.

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