Yesterday, we commemorated the Holy Innocents who were martyred on the account of the Child Jesus. Yet that celebration calls us to a fundamental response which we, as children of the First Christmas and of the Easter Morn, have to revisit in ourselves.
Months ago, I recalled posting about “Intrigues of Progress: On Ethics in Advertising”. The point I made there was on how we perceive “progress” in terms of “development” in so many aspects. What is interesting is that the problems concerning our society nowadays seemed to have been rooted on how we perceive “progress”. It often leads us to ask the “why” of “progress”.
So? Personally, I observe that on the pursuit of achieving “progress” in our society, one fundamental question (even personal) is attached: “What’s in it for me?” Our ability to ask this question expects us to clarify and evaluate “progress”. Admit it – not everyone has the same notion of “progress”. That’s because we came from different contexts – period (we have to respect that). But what makes us reflect together about “progress” is because of the “why” (not only in the utilitarian sense of it) – together with the question “what’s in it for me?”
And I propose that upon hearing “breakthroughs” in our society, our participation would be to ask questions – clarify and evaluate. We are no longer passive agents of whatever’s-happening-out-there because as individuals, we are more concerned on the search for meaning in our lives – explicitly or implicitly. Then, another important question surfaces: “How can I be facilitated in my search for meaning in my life?” Interesting!
Practically speaking, there is a need for us to sit down, listen and discern well. We are neither puppets nor robots for use in production mechanism – we are human persons formed “fearfully and wonderfully” (Psalm 139:14) to love and to be loved. Perhaps, this is an important criterion we adopt when we approach “progress”. There is more to love that facilitates the search for meaning than being mere puppets or robots of what’s happening.
Then, does our notion of progress make us more humane and loving? Interesting!