The Tangled Tree, the Selfish Gene and the problem of Progressive Thought

Accidentally posted an unedited saved version of this a little while ago. This is the completed version.

The Stories of my Life

What does it mean to be progressive. To say that we live in a “progressive” society. To champion progressive policy. To share a “progressive” view of this or that issue. To be labelled a progressive in the world of politics, religion, philosophy or social reform.

I started to think about this word “progressive” a number of years ago after finding myself at a point of frustration over the ways we tend to give opposing points of view both a label and a box. I wondered about the wisdom of viewing the world in such overly defined ways that sees one generation as smarter, more advanced and more aware than the last. Or whether there even is such as a thing as a highly defined trajectory towards better, more enlightened ways of thinking and being in this world that can be measured without the muddled presence of human presupposition.

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Published by davetcourt

I am a 40 something Canadian with a passion for theology, film, reading writing and travel.

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