Peter Kreeft has a fine article on Patheos about one of the most pernicious and foolishly unthinking assumptions of our age: “Progressivism: The Snobbery of Chronology.” The little essay is worth your reading. Here is an excerpt of its simple truth:
To judge any change as progressive or regressive, we must eventually ask ourselves the Big Question: what is our final end, goal, purpose, “summum bonum” or greatest good. We must ask nothing less than the question of “the meaning of life,” however unfashionable that question has become. If we don’t have a clear vision of the ultimate finish line, we can’t even know whether we’re running toward it or away from it.
Of course, of course, but so many so often fail to see the obvious.