The Illusion of Progress

The race towards "progress" – measured in numbers of factories and supermarkets, and the kilometres of highways and billboards defacing the landscape – is supposed to bring us the material conditions we need to be happy. This race, however, rarely answers our real needs. Rather, it invents new desires, encouraging "a contemptuous and destructive instinct to possess". The search for happiness, which is completely natural, has been transformed into the increasingly impatient and greedy pursuit of material goods – a quest that is doomed to fail, however, because once sated the desire to possess moves ceaselessly on to the next object of desire. Work, money, consuming, accumulating, dissatisfaction. While we busy ourselves trying to fulfil our insatiable desires, the life and beauty all around us, which give meaning to our existence and make it possible, are disappearing.