Angst: (n) a feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically unfocused, about the human condition or the state of the world in general.
I don’t want to be one of those people who pursue so much optimistic hopefulness that I fail to recognize what is necessary in order to maintain our present integrity.
Yet I have to wonder if it’s possible for the human race, in this season, to acquire both of the necessary portions that make us worthy of continuation.
For I feel it takes progress and process.
Yes, I think technology is wonderful, and I do not want to go back to a time when we had no computers, racism was extolled as normal, and antibiotics were not available for sickness.
I am not nostalgic for backward times.
However, by the same token, making progress without honoring the process of human character which honors the feelings of others, makes the world a dangerous place and certainly volatile.
It produces angst.
We become afraid that we will lose our progress if we honor the process. Or we preach the process and become “anti-progress,” making ourselves appear Neanderthal.
Is it possible to be a human being who realizes that progress needs to be made emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically, without ignoring the values which make the process of living so much sweeter, and ripe with goodness?
We always attach the word “angst” to teenagers, but I am not convinced that a fourteen-year-old riding in a Conestoga Wagon with his parents, crossing the Great Plains in 1850, had much time to reflect on his or her misgivings.
If progress gives us too much free time to bitch and complain, robbing from the process of busying ourselves about becoming better people, then are we really moving forward?
Yet if the process of maintaining civility causes us to be suspicious of every facet of progress, then the foolishness we maintain makes our belief system appear to be shortsighted.
What would it take to mingle progress with process?
- I will put to use anything at all that makes life easier, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else.
- I will acknowledge that there is no replacement for personal contact, love and gentleness with my fellow-travelers.
- I am ready to go forward if it doesn’t push someone else backward.
I think in considering this trio of principles, we can merge progress and process, to generate a climate of mutual benefit, drenched in compassion.
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