Progress vs. Growth


“The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving something behind us has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.”

~GK Chesterton 

 

More on growth vs. progress from Lewis:

“That is another notion they have which a little travel would soon blow to pieces. They think that the landlord works like the factories on Claptrap, inventing every day a new machine which supersedes the old. As machines are among the very few things that they do know something about, they cannot help thinking that everything is like them. But this leads them into two mistakes. First of all, they have no conception how slowly the landlord acts – the enormous intervals between these big changes in his type of picture. And secondly they  think that a new thing refutes and canceled the old, whereas, in reality it brings it to a fuller life. I have never known a case where the man who is engaged in ridiculing or rejecting the old message became the receiver of the new.”

~CS Lewis, Pilgrim’s Regress 

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