What is progress? You might think that the q…

What is progress?

You might think that the question is so subjective and culturally relative as to be forever unanswerable. In fact, it’s one of the easier questions to answer.

Most people agree that
life is better than death.
Health is better than sickness.
Sustenance is better than hunger.
Abundance is better than poverty.
Peace is better than war.
Safety is better than danger.
Freedom is better than tyranny.
Equal rights are better than bigotry and discrimination.
Literacy is better than illiteracy.
Knowledge is better than ignorance.
Intelligence is better than dull-wittedness.
Happiness is better than misery.
Opportunities to enjoy family, friends, culture,
and nature are better than drudgery and monotony.

All these things can be measured.
If they have increased over time, that is progress.