"The law of progress holds that everything now must be better than what was there before. Don’t you see if you want something better, and better, and better, you lose the good. The good is no longer even being measured."
Hannah Arendt
(1906-1975) German-American political theorist, escaped Nazi Germany
'Hannah Arendt: From an Interview' Comments made in 1974 during an interview with the French writer Roger Errera and published in October 26, 1978 issue of The NewYork Review of Books Interview.
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As it is written:

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

~ Matthew 6:21
 -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    If progress is simply the pursuit of more, better, and different, then isn't it simply perpetual intolerance?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I agree with E Archer.
     -- jim k, Austin     
    What ? ? ? What "law of progress"? ? ? Biblical scholar's so called "law of progress", Castro of Cuba's "law of progress", or Hegel's or Auguste Comete's "law of progress" (which was/is so influential in today's legal positivism so active in the theft of natural law's inaleinable rights) or, ? ? ? Under who's concept are things getting better - the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land or mine? I absolutely agree that my version of good is no longer being measued as a standard. The standard today is callinng evil good and good evil, darkness light and light darkness, and sweet bitter and bitter sweet.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    100 percent correct! It is an obvious observation as nothing can retain an increase indefinitely. This is the problem with our society where we must always get more and more stuff.
     -- Robert, Somewhere in the US     
    Postmodernity in a nutshell.
     -- Mick, Manchester     
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