Not all that seems to be or is called progress, is in fact progress.
I recently purchased an older home with an unfinished third bath. All plumbing in place with no fixtures. I purchased all new fixtures, but upon testing, the toilet and sink didn’t drain. It turns out the plumbing on that side of the home had been disabled years before.
There are claims of prepress in our culture that I’ve come to believe are not in fact progressing us spiritually, intellectually or otherwise.
Some primitive examples are that we simply don’t have the environmental survival skills or knowledge of our environment as our ancestors did just two generations ago. Although we have volumes of literary works available at our finger tips, our ancestors just two or three generations ago had many literary works committed to memory such as holy scripture, government documents, poetry, etc.
Morally and ethically it would be difficult to prove we’ve progressed with the rate of divorce and lack of traditional families.
Suffice to say, it is plausible if not factual that we have taught to believe we’re progressing while I’m fact regressing.
And like my futile attempts finish my unfinished bathroom, we’re installing fixtures to plumbing that doesn’t work.