#Dostoyevsky had a gloomy view of this ... "deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad" he said. But was he wrong? Meaningful progress used to be discovering new lands we could inhabit, as transportation modes advanced from raft to ship. Meaningful progress used to be discovering cures for diseases that wiped out countless innocent lives. We DO still engage in both of these adventures. It's inhabiting planets and curing cancer or heart disease now. BUT. And it's an enormous 'BUT.' Too many of us now are too preoccupied with other types of progress - the newest app, the newest filter that will 'enhance' my 'reality' on social media, the newest car model, the newest posh neighborhood that people evacuated after we raised taxes, the newest viral video, the newest tech gadget, the newest interview quote from a 'celebrity'... you get the picture. We thirst for the 'new' at the speed of light. We consume it gluttonously and set our salivating eyes on the next thing in the pipeline. Full disclosure: I love the new. It's the reality of nature to constantly renew itself. The only difference is that nature's changes, its mutations, happen to serve adaptation, survival. While so many of the changes we thirst for actually serve nothing meaningful. And there is something else that too many of us stopped doing - we don't look back anymore. Our focus on progress has blinded us from seeing what we leave in our wake... if we looked back we'd have to see millions of children starving on our planet. If we looked back we'd have to see millions of people treated worse than animals by other people. We'd see poverty and lack of education and crime-infested neighborhoods and female-genital-mutilation and overdose epidemics and, and, and. We don't look back because if we did, we'd have to see ourselves running away from realities that we simply think we can outrun. But we do love to talk about them, the problems. We're 'all in' for making the world better-as long as I can keep my eyes focused forward, as long as it doesn't slow me down from making 'progress.' Oh, if only each of us was brave enough to #conquer our #hipocrisy ..