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illustrated.1901 Excerpt: ... PROGRESS. 1W words are used more
often at the present day, or with greater pride, than "progress."
We are assured that this is " an age of progress." Parties commend
their claims to us on the ground that they are " progressive." It
is assumed that we are agreed on the meaning of the terms. And yet
a very little reflection will show that this is not the case. There
are serious differences of opinion as to the sphere, the scope, the
standard of progress. Change, even if it is popular, is not
necessarily progress, nor movement, however rapid. Before we can
determine whether a change or a movement is really progress, we
must determine what is the end which we desire to reach. Progress,
in other words, is advance towards a recognized ideal. There is an
ideal for a man, for a nation, for humanity itself; and the
progress of each is measured by the advance which is made towards
it. If, then, we wish to estimate human progress, we must fix the
human ideal. What, therefore, we ask, is the human ideal? The
answer lies at the very foundation of our Christian faith; the
ideal of man is "the likeness of God." But instead of adopting at
once this august phrase, I think that we shall hold the truth which
it expresses in its highest form most surely if we follow the
guidance of our common experience. Life, then, I may assume, is, in
its fullest sense, the most precious thing which we have. It
reaches, as we believe, from the seen to the unseen.-If we lay down
our earthly life it is that we may take it again under nobler
conditions. It follows that progress is advance towards the ideal
of life. But when we speak of life we at once realize that we all
have two lives--two lives on earth--the personal life and the
social life. A man can no more exist without a State than a Sta...
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