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Unformatted text preview: Unit 14 Progress The Oxford English Dictionary defines progress as: "Going on to a further or higher stage, or to further or higher stages successively; advance, advancement; growth, development, continuous increase; usually in good sense, advance to better and better conditions, continuous improvement." ( source: http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/00189652? query_type=word&queryword=progress&edition=2e&first=1&max_to_show=10&sort_type=alpha&search_id=zFDT- Hmmi1h-3023, Dec 5, 2002) For Adam Smith the Free Market Economy was progress over feudalism; For Karl Marx Communism promoting more equality was progress over the capitalistic inequalities deriving from the Free Market Economy. People in the West who turn to Buddhism for spiritual fulfillment, for them this is progress over materialism; Environmentalists see sustainability as progress over exploitation of our resources; An Indian subsistence farmer might view a tractor as progress over manual labor. For the Buddhist progress means ceasing desire, for themight view a tractor as progress over manual labor....
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2011 for the course STS 302 taught by Professor Nkriesbert during the Summer '08 term at N.C. State.
- Summer '08