When progress is not progress

I was reading through some reflections by an old friend on his day. He was watching old TV shows and thinking of past good times. At times I do this too and it reminds me that not all progress is a good thing. Our culture would have us believe that if you don’t embrace progress and change that you’re restrictive, “old fashioned”, inflexible, or unwilling to listen. But look around us today and how much of the “progressive” social policies of the past 50 years have actually achieved something positive? People demand their “rights” but at what cost to others around them; that’s not positive to me. Rights exercised over the interests of others is nothing more than self obsession to satisfy myself.

My resistance to some changes and “progress” is simply because I know better. It reminds me of a statement made by God to a people that had “progressed” over decades to the point they no longer even resembled what they should have been in standing for right:

“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” — Jeremiah 16:6