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I like Ted Gioia’s seven heretical questions about progress. But, being the animist, agrarian(?), anarcho-primitivist(?), whatever-the-hell that I am, I would edit his statement:

Progress should be about improving the quality of life and human flourishing. We make a grave error when we assume this is the same as new tech and economic cost-squeezing.

As follows:

Progress should be about improving the quality of our ecosystems and ensuring the mutual flourishing of all life. We make a grave error when we assume this is the same as new tech and economic cost-squeezing.

We must–absolutely must–start thinking beyond the merely human. Gioia may well agree with this, but we need people to start saying it explicitly.

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