On Progress and Nostalgia

One and Two, originally uploaded by Molly Merrick.

This is what we do, humans. We tinker and change and endlessly imagine a more perfect future. And at the same time, we idealize the past. So we're trapped. Progress' constant companion is nostalgia for the way things use to be... The think we forget about progress is that there is no master plan. It lurches forward, in the dark, accidentally, and you're never sure where it's taking you.

Alex Blumberg, This American Life, "Pandora's Box" television episode