The Problem With “Progress” Is That You Have To Move From Point “A” To Point “B” To Have It

Concerned Global Citizen
3 min readJul 24, 2020

It Appears as though everything we think as, or refer to as “progress” has an element of uncertainty associated with it. Every wonder why that is?

The uncertainty appears to come from the fact that what is involved in the act of “progressing” requires that something move from an initial point of the “absence of needed progress” to the point of the “presence of said needed progress”. Again, these are mental “points” being referred to. That is they only exist within the sphere of human thought.

Perhaps this is why any “progress” that’s ever obtained seems to always be:

a) Very hard won, and…

b) Always in need of protection. This would be protection against the potential “backsliding”, or “loss” of the obtained progress.

The notion of progress then appears to create a mental division in the form of a thought concept — pair along the lines of “now is not good”, and “later could/would/should/will be better”.

These are the two mental “points” created.

And for any “two” of anything to exist, there must be a “space” for them to exist separately in. This creation of “two” of something then creates the need for space. And since we’re referring to the psychological dimension, the space being referred to here also resides in the psychological dimension. And since we now have “psychological space”, we also have the creation of “psychological time” which is required to travel through psychological space in the same way as it is physical space.

So the point of this article is that the idea, or notion of mental “progress” itself creates an inner division in the form of these two points. Sort of repeating here…, this creates two mental points consisting of the pair of notions of “point to be progressed from”, and “point to be progressed to”.

So as we move from the “from” point to the “to” point it must create a “from” point. And, for a “to” point to even exist as a “to” point, there must also always continue to exist a “from” point, because again, the two points are required to have motion, or “progress”. This structure is dictated by the law of opposites.

And so the movement towards “progress” actually winds up creating an idea of “no progress” that we must then forever be concerned about, worried that we might somehow “slip back”.

In other words… it is an utterly endless cycling back and forth between the two mental points.

Is any of this true?

Please look to see if you can see what is being point to here for yourself. Observe like a scientist, impartially. If you’re partial to something other than what it is you’re observing while you’re observing, then you’re probably not really observing, and if you’re not observing then you have no chance of “seeing” and then really changing.