The Illusion of Progress

"For too long, humanity has been living with the sense that everything in creation was put there for its use. A wild animal or a tree only have value when they are brought to the ground." Every day, as resources, diversity and beauty become increasingly rare and the world more impoverished, humans think they are getting richer. With modernity, the simplistic notion of "progress", which claims to serve humanity, has only added to the illusion. Everything is rationalized in the name of "Progress" – paving over the earth, conquering space, controlling the great rivers, exhausting the oceans, challenging death and standardizing life. "Nature is the finest example of adaptation and survival in the long term. The knowledge of its laws should incite humanity to be inspired by them. Instead, all too often, we only study those laws the better to thwart or find a way around them."