The self righteousness among us unknowingly bring progress to a grinding halt. It is preposterous to believe that you know all the answers, are morally superior, and beyond reproach. Approach your life with passion but even above that you must have an awareness that your understanding is far from complete.
Continually gaining a greater understanding of the how the world around us operates is one of the most vital components of progress. Advances in technology, agriculture, health care, and much more help us live longer lives, with less fear, and greater reach.
Before any meaningful advancements in progress can be achieved a society must be free. There must be free flow of information, freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful descent, and freedom to move about without fear of reprisal. Any restrictions on freedom become a focal point of conflict and must be resolved to expedite progress.
This may be the most important, and the most unrecognized component of progress. It requires a spiritual practice and a weakening of the egoic identity. It is simply this, the ability to shut-up and allow space for those who see the world differently than you. Not only space for them to express their views, but also space to put into action changes that reflect their point of view.
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