What if instead of trying to get better, we improved upon the things that already existed?
We can become so obsessed with progress that we lose the fundamentals of what made things great in the first place.
Yes, living up to ideals is hard. But you accept the rules laid out in front of you, and then you try your hardest to live up to them.
Acceptance is the cornerstone of progress. The rest of the time is spent strengthening the system to ensure your actions line up to the intended beliefs.
The fixation with progress threatens what's ideal. It's moody and tempted toward nihilism. There's no need to change what's good if everything was right in the first place.
Cynicism is the easiest way to cop out. Even the pessimist doesn't let things fall apart.
“The law of progress holds that everything now must be better than what was there before. Don’t you see if you want something better, and better, and better, you lose the good. The good is no longer even being measured.” — Hannah Arendt