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date: 08 April 2020


Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability
William H. McNEILLWilliam H. McNEILL

Progress (Latin: progressus) originally meant moving across country to a chosen destination. Progress toward individual betterment was a derivative meaning that entered the English language with John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress (1678). The idea that society as a whole might progress took shape during the Industrial Revolution. Technological “progress,” especially that which has allowed humans to exploit resources and spread themselves more extensively and pollute more prodigiously, prompts the question: change is everywhere, but is it really for the better? ...

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