Old Order Changeth’ – But Is It Progress (For Better)?

By Someswar Bhagwat

Shakespeare has served ‘Old Order Changeth, Yielding Place to New’ (ordinary people say, but the greats like him observe. He also spake, being given poetic licence, while lesser mortals have only spoken). But is it progress?

Speaking in Capitals (as only the English can) or small letters, change is the norm of life. What exists, especially if it  lives, has to change, but all change (whether of  in living or other things) is not progress . 

Progress is defined as change for the better. Change, as  inevitable as it may be,   is not always for good. It is just change or, in some cases, can also be ‘regress’.

Examples of the latter phenomena are plenty. Forty years ago the children respected parents {and all elders). Now there is a reversal of roles: elders respect children. Then all wanted children but now some don’t (out of fear).  

Forty years ago, marriage was easy but divorce was difficult. 

Now it is difficult to get married but eastly to get divorced. 

Forty years easy, we got to know all the neighbours. Now we are strangers to our neighbors.

Forty years ago, people had to eat a lot because they needed the energy to work hard. Now we are afraid to eat fatty foods for fear of the cholesterol.

Forty years ago, villagers were flocking to the city to find jobs. 

Now the town people flee to rural areas to find peace.  H

Forty years ago, to be fat was to    be healthy and happy. Now all diet to look healthy.

Forty years ago, rich people pretended to be poor. Now the poor are pretending to be rich..

Forty years ago, only one person worked to support a family of many. Now both work to support only one child and save for old age as the child abandons them.

Forty years ago, people loved to study and read books; now they update Facebook and read their WhatsApp messages.

A lot of changes but no  progress


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