Sosc 1340 Tutorial 1 assignment: Notes
Myth of progress: belief/ideology that the human condition will inevitably improve
Progress trap: something that hinders our movement (people think its useful and is going to help
us progress but in reality, is a trap and is moving us backwards) (belief that it is making our lives
easier when it’s not)
Example: the amount of water used to produce meat (livestock) we’re producing more and more
meat but we’re losing more and more of our natural recourses to produce the meat (by doing this
we’re bringing in more negative consequences. Such as effecting the ozone layer, deforestation)
or onward movement toward a destination.
In what ways might the ‘acceleration of change’ reinforce the idea that progress ‘consists of
irreversible changes in one direction only, and that this direction is towards improvement’?
Why does Wright think we need to study past civilizations?