Thinking About Progress: The Case for a New Collectivist Approach

Sacha | Thoughts
8 min readNov 4, 2023

In times where every tick of the clock ushers in new technologies and societal shifts, I find myself frequently pondering the true value of such relentless transformation.

The acceleration of change has become a hallmark of modern existence, but seldom do we stop to consider if this forward momentum is genuinely beneficial, or if it merely hurtles us toward an unexamined future.

The myriad problems we face — from environmental challenges to economic disparities — are not standalone thread: they form a complex matrix.

Yet the prevailing strategies often pull at single strands in isolation, ignoring the broader picture they compose.

Amidst this backdrop, I am advocating for an evolved political ethos — one that might be named “collectivism.” This concept seeks to harmonise the collective good with individual rights and aspirations.

It recognises the multifaceted nature of human existence, acknowledging that the well-being of the community and the fulfilment of personal goals are not mutually exclusive but are instead mutually reinforcing.

The Dilemma of Progress

With our constant pursuit of advancement, a fundamental question lingers: Is this progression truly serving the greater good, or are we chasing horizons without understanding the cost?

In the Information Age, a term coined to denote our era’s hallmark of instant access to vast amounts of knowledge, there’s a peculiar irony. The sheer volume of data available at our fingertips is staggering, yet human capacity to sift through this deluge, to discern what is vital from what is trivial, remains finite.

We find ourselves in an era where the quantity of information expands exponentially, but the cognitive bandwidth to process it does not keep pace.

The result is a society more prone to distraction, where the essential can be lost amidst the clamour of the inconsequential.

Historical precedence teaches us that not all change leads to progress, and not all movement is forward. The rapidity with which we adopt new technologies and lifestyles outstrips our ability to evaluate their long-term…

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Sacha | Thoughts

Sociologist and writer focused on analysing societal power dynamics and promoting positive social change