Progress Without Negative By-products

Making progress is admirable and stimulating. As we notice a city skyline changing with new, tall buildings, or read of a faster, more comfortable aircraft, or of the strengthening economy of a developing country, we often feel more than a moment of satisfaction and excitement over this progress.

Frequently, however, when progress is merely material, injurious side effects begin to emerge. The growing city creates traffic and smog problems, the faster airplane a troublesome sonic boom, and the development of an individual or nation may be at the expense of another individual or nation. Industrial development may multiply the range of automobiles available to us or bring down the cost of color television, but the manufacturing expansion required may at the same time spoil the environment.

Are We Seeing Man Correctly?
September 25, 1971

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